Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Barriers to Entry: Who Builds Fortified Boundaries and Why

    Authors:
  • Ron E. Hassner
  • Jason Wittenberg
| Summer 2015

Summary

Contrary to conventional wisdom, states do not typically construct fortified boundaries in response to border disputes or to prevent terrorism. Instead, most build such boundaries for economic reasons, to keep out unwanted migrants from poorer states. Further, Muslim states are more likely to both build and be the targets of fortified boundaries.

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For Academic Citation: Hassner, Ron E., and Jason Wittenberg. Barriers to Entry: Who Builds Fortified Boundaries and Why.” Quarterly Journal: International Security, vol. 40. no. 1. (Summer 2015):
157-190
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