Interrupted International Borders, Part II: Europe, Africa, and North America

Today, we finish off our look at countries that border other countries more than once thanks to the presence of an intervening country or water body (Part I can be found here).  Again, each of these examples could be their own article and then some; consider these more of a brief description of each border’s…

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Waterbound Exclaves

At the time of this post, there are at least 271 places in the world that are both enclaves and exclaves – small pieces of a country not only separated from the rest of the country they belong to but surrounded entirely by another country. For 258 of these enclaves/exclaves, it’s exactly what you’d expect…

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The Other Gaza

Last month, beleaguered Gaza was back in the news again.  With hundreds of thousands of people in a situation of dire food security across the country, the Mozambican government encouraged farmers in Gaza to adopt new agricultural technologies introduced by the Chinese, touting a new irrigation project along the Limpopo River as a way to…

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Francophone Balkans? ‘Outsider’ Membership in La Francophonie and Other Language-Based International Organisations

There are a handful of notable global political organisations based upon language and colonial ties. The most prominent grouping is the Commonwealth of Nations, the successor organisation to the British Empire, representing nearly 2 000 000 000 people. The next largest such organisation is also quite substantial in its own right: l’Organisation internationale de la…

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