Shifting borders between the Indian Ocean and the Himalayan world
- Willem van Schendel
- 8 March 2017
- Borders: Life On the Fringes of Area Studies
- P.N. van Eyckhof 3
2311 BV Leiden
Today South Asia is considered to be ‘the least integrated region on the planet.’ Fiercely guarded borders cut across it and poor infrastructure hampers the movement of people, goods and ideas. This presentation looks at connectivity and border making in the longer term. Focusing on a port city on the Indian Ocean coast, it sketches its links to the Himalayan world and China over a 400-year period to show 1) the recent origins of the current border regime; and 2) how it may be affected by new Eurasian connectivity initiatives, notably China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) programme.