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Title:From control to parasitism: interrogating the roles of border control agencies on the Ghana-Togo border
Author:Agbedahin, Komlan
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic terms:Ghana
Subjects:border control
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2014.955864
Abstract:This article sets out to investigate the current paradoxical roles of border control agencies in order to contribute to the theoretical debate on border porosity and related security issues in West Africa. The colonial demarcation of African borders accounts for their porous nature initially, as borderland populations challenged the unjust scission of their cultural, economic, geographical and geopolitical spaces. However, new forms of porosity also evolved over time, masterminded by new actors. Drawing on the Ghana-Togo border case, and through interviews, observation and documentary analysis, the article argues that border control agencies are partly responsible for the current border porosity and attendant security problems as their jurisdiction has shifted to a multi-layered border parasitism. The article is not, however, an attack on border law enforcement agencies; rather it attempts to explore their roles in shielding the region, already exposed to terrorism and piracy, from further security threats. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]