World of Walls: The Structure, Roles and Effectiveness of Separation Barriers

World of Walls: The Structure, Roles and Effectiveness of Separation Barriers Said Saddiki
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"We’re going to build a wall.”

Borders have been drawn since the beginning of time, but in recent years artificial barriers have become increasingly significant to the political conversation across the world. Donald Trump was elected President of the United States while promising to build a wall on the Mexico border, and in Europe, the international movements of migrants and refugees have sparked fierce discussion about whether and how countries should restrict access to their territory by erecting physical barriers. Virtual walls are also built and crushed at increasing speed. In the post-9/11 era there is a greater danger from so-called "transnational non-state actors”, and computer hacking and cyberterrorism threaten to overwhelm our technological barriers.

In this timely and original book, Said Saddiki scrutinises the physical and virtual walls located in four continents, including Israel, India, the southern EU border, Morocco, and the proposed border wall between Mexico and the US. Saddiki’s detailed analysis explores the tensions between the rise of globalisation, which some have argued will lead to a "borderless world” and "the end of the nation-state”, and the rapid development in recent decades of border control systems.

Saddiki examines both regular and irregular cross-border activities, including the flow of people, goods, ideas, drugs, weapons, capital, and information, and explores the disparities that are reflected by barriers to such activities. He considers the consequences of the construction of physical and virtual walls, including their impact on international relations and the rise of the multi-billion dollar security market.

World of Walls: The Structure, Roles and Effectiveness of Separation Barriers is important reading for all those interested in the topics of immigration, border security, international relations, and policy.

World of Walls: The Structure, Roles and Effectiveness of Separation Barriers
Said Saddiki | October 2017
152 | 11 colour illustrations | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783743681
ISBN Hardback: 9781783743698
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783743704
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783743711
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783743728
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DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0121
Subject codes: BIC: JPS (International relations), JFFN (Migration, immigration and emigration); BISAC: POL012000 (POLITICAL SCIENCE / Security (National & International)), POL011000 (POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General), SOC007000 (SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration), POL037000 (POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism); OCLC Number: 1167519311.

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Said Saddiki is currently Professor of International Relations at Al-Ain University of Science and Technology (UAE) and Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez (Morocco). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oujda, Morocco, in 2002.

He has written four books (in Arabic): State in a Changing World: Nation-State and New Global ChallengesManagement of Moroccan Foreign PolicyNew Political Powers; and Dimensions of New Diplomacy. He has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles (in Arabic, English, French and Spanish) on subjects concerning the new dynamics of international relations, including transnational immigration, foreign policy, diplomacy, Western Sahara issues and border barriers. He has participated in national and international conferences in his field.

He received the Arab Prize in the Social Sciences and Humanities 2014-2015 from the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, Qatar. He was a Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College, Rome, (April–June 2012) and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University of Texas at El Paso (October–December 2010).

He is currently interested in separations, border barriers, foreign policy analysis, and intercultural diplomacy.