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Border Regions in Transition Conference: North-South Dialogue on Border Management.

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Institute for Peace & Strategic Studies, IBADAN, OYO, Nigeria

15-10-2018 to 18-10-2018

10:00 AM

Border Regions in Transition

About Border Regions in Transition Conference: North-South Dialogue on Border Management.

The 16th edition of the BRIT conference will be co-hosted by the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS), University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin Republic from October 15 - 18, 2018. The theme of the conference is “North-South Dialogue on Border Management”. The theme would enable scholars and practitioners from the global North and South to critically exchange ideas on how to improve border management for the betterment of the two parts of the world in the context of the emerging problems of human migration. For now, borders in the global North are under pressure from migrants from the global South. What are the push and pull factors for both regular and irregular migration from the South to the North in the modern world? What global, regional and national border control mechanisms exist for dealing with the problems and how adequate are they? What can be actionably done towards improving good border management practices in a way beneficial to the two worlds? What form should the dialogue between the North and South on border issues take? How do we feed the outcomes of this kind of exercise into the global mechanisms on border management? These and related issues would be addressed during the conference. Responding to these questions in a meaningful way requires a coordinated, systematic and structured approach, while answers generated must be hinged on the principles of complementarity, partnership and shared responsibility given the fact that dialogue promotes buy-in and sustainable solutions among all stakeholders. Aim & Objectives: The aim of the conference is to appraise existing policy frameworks, instruments, institutional arrangements and opportunities for managing borders. Other objectives include to: Raise awareness about global migration crisis by facilitating a dialogue between countries of origin, transit and destination to better understand each partner’s challenges and how best to respond; Encourage information exchange, shared experiences and better coordinated approach between local/national/regional structures; Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in coordination among the different actors in crisis management of borders. Ascertain each other’s added value, roles and work-out ideal management solutions between sending, transit and receiving states. Sub-Themes: The sub-themes to be addressed among others include: Epistemological, theoretical and methodological issues; Migratory trends, routes and security challenges; Border management as an emerging issue in US foreign policy; EU externalisation of border regimes and controls; Border management concerns in Asia; African Union Border Programme (delimitation/demarcation), peace & security; EU-AU-ECOWAS and other RECs framework on cross-border cooperation; UNODC Laws, Human Rights Law, Asylum & Immigration Law; Transnational organised crimes/ non-state/sub-state actors; Border security, profiling and identity management; Threats and risk analysis in border and migration management; The new challenges of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea; Turning information into actionable intelligence in border security; Cross-border communities and the dilemma of development; Mainstreaming Gender in border management; Inter-agency rivalry/collaboration and cooperation; and Any other topic, but relevant to the conference theme. Plenary Speakers: Professor Anthony I. Asiwaju – African Regional Centre, Imeko, Ogun State Prof. Paul Nugent, Professor of Comparative African History, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh. Prof James W. Scott, Professor of Regional and Border Studies, University of Eastern Finland Professor Isaac Olawale Albert – Professor of African History & Security Studies, Institute for Peace & Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria Abstract Submission: The Scientific committee welcomes individual paper and panel proposals, provided a panel does not exceed 6 presenters, in each session. For individual papers, no more than 2 authors will be accepted for each presentation. Each person is limited to only 2 presentations, as individual or co-presenter in the conference. The abstract length is a maximum of 250 words in MS Word attachment or email text. Please include the title, your name, current position, institution/organization, mailing address, email and telephone number. You will be notified of the acceptance of your proposal by email, including registration, hotel, transportation, and other related information. Selected abstracts will be published in the final conference programme and should be of publishable quality. Proposals and presentations in English are preferred, but we may be able to accommodate French speakers. Please submit your abstract on our website on or before May 15, 2018. If for some reasons you are unable to register on our website, please email your abstract directly to the BRIT 2018 Focal Person- Dr. Willie Eselebor at, and Dr. Koffi Benoît SOSSOU - For more information visit us at Registration Fees: Participants are responsible for the conference non-refundable registration fee of $150.00 USD or N50,000.00 (per person), payable upon the acceptance of proposal. Participants will be responsible for their travel costs (flight and lodging) and other incidental expenses. Ethical Considerations: Authors must give credit through references or notes to the original author of any idea or concept presented in the paper and proposal. This includes direct quotations and paraphrases. If material in your presentation has been published, presented, or accepted for publication or presentation, this must be disclosed in your paper and proposal. Please note that depending on the decision of the reviewers, this may render your material ineligible. Important Dates: Abstract deadline: April 30, 2018. Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2018 Registration: May 30, 2018 Full papers due: July 30, 2018 Conference dates: October 15-18, 2018

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