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Intervention at risk: the vicious cycle of distance and danger in Mali and Afghanistan

Andersson, Ruben and Weigand, Florian (2015) Intervention at risk: the vicious cycle of distance and danger in Mali and Afghanistan. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 9 (4). pp. 519-541. ISSN 1750-2977

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17502977.2015.1054655

Abstract

In crisis-hit countries, intensive risk management increasingly characterizes the presence of international interveners, with measures ranging from fortified compounds to ‘remote programming’. This article investigates the global drive for ‘security’ from an ethnographic perspective, focusing on Afghanistan and Mali. By deploying the concepts of distance and proximity, the article shows how frontline ‘outsourcing’ and bunkering have generated an unequal ‘risk economy’ while distancing interveners from local society in a trend that itself generates novel risks. To conclude, the article asks whether alternative forms of proximity may help to break the vicious cycle of danger and distance at work in today’s crisis zones.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors © CC BY 4.0
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 12:02
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 15:33
Projects: ES/J500070/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62160

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