The Dynamics of Interstate Boundaries explains why some borders deter insurgents, smugglers, bandits, and militants while most suffer from infiltration and crisis. Grappling with an issue at the core of the modern state and international security, George Gavrilis explores border control from the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire to twenty-first-century Central Asia, China, and Afghanistan. Border control strategies emanate from core policies of state formation and the local design of border guard institutions. Secure and open borders depend on institutional design, not on military power. Based on research in numerous border regions, this book advances the study of the state, local security institutions, and conflict and cooperation over border control. It holds critical lessons for policy makers and international organizations working to enhance border security in dangerous regions.
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Author Biography - George Gavrilis
George Gavrilis is Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin. In 2009, he served as an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. His previous positions include Director of Research for the CFR Oral History Project, Columbia University, New York; Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University; and National Security Postdoctoral Fellow, Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University, Massachusetts. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, and American Behavioral Scientist. He has conducted research in the Middle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan, and the Balkans.