Regional Integration and Regional Conflict

Aidan Russell

MINT103 | Spring | 6 ECTS

This course explores contemporary dynamics of regional integration in historical perspective. Considering global dynamics and contrasting strategies, the course gives special attention to the impact of regional integration on conflict and development in Africa. Across questions of politics and economics, identity and mobility, we examine the often contradictory interests and consequences of integration from 'above' and from 'below', between trade corridors and smuggling, military cooperation and marginal rebellion. Great regional crises draw attention to the intersections of these different scales, as regional integration appears as both the solution to and cause of conflict. Reflecting on the grand political dreams and failures of the past, as well as the pragmatic priorites and new pressures of the present, we will ask where we are going in an uncertain future for cooperation beyond borders, in Africa and the world.