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Border PoliticsThe Limits of Sovereign Power$
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Nick Vaughan-Williams

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637324

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637324.001.0001

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Border Politics

Nick Vaughan-Williams

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter begins by describing the escalation of conflict in Georgia, where President Mikhail Saakashvili launched an aerial bombardment and ground attack on the breakaway region of South Ossetia. What people might call traditional geopolitical conflict over territorial borders is still very much a part of contemporary political life. Indeed, the location of the international border between Georgia and Russia is at the heart of the South Ossetian crisis. This continues to act, as a dominant framing in both the theory and practice of global politics. Yet, it is possible to identify a proliferation of bordering practices in contemporary political life that complicates the modern geopolitical imaginary. Thinking in terms of the biopolitical generalised border highlights and confronts the contingency of the juridical-political order. Meanwhile, the campaigns of the MTA and London Met illustrate how a politics of affect is employed in the ongoing ‘War on Terror’.

Keywords:   Georgia conflict, South Ossetia, Russia, London Met, territorial borders, global politics, biopolitical generalised border, juridical-political order, War on Terror

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