Project: Border regimes in the Mediterranean and Mesoamerica


Year. Development process ongoing

Coordination: Liliana Suarez

Description: Research project focused on the geographical areas of the Mediterranean and Central America, considered as political, economic, social and cultural space characterized by a great dynamism, defined by:

  • Borders space versus transnational flows of goods and people.
  • Conflict space versus diversity management and living together.
  • Democracy space versus totalitarianisms.
  • Spaces for redefining gender relation.
  • Space for democratic consolidation.
  • Space of reception, cooperation and development.
  • Space for human security.
  • Space for environmental sustainability.
  • Urban spaces: violences, living together, social cohesion.
  • Space for learning and knowledge building .

This project will combine a macro-approach (geopolitical) with a micro-approach (case studies). Likewise, it will incorporate a historical (diachronic) approach on the issue of border regimes, including how they have been built and how they have been functioning throughout history in both regions, as well as how the concept of “aliens” has been shaped. It will analyze the impact of globalization in borders (migratory flows), as well as their causes. The project will include the analysis and diagnosis of the current regime of borders and of the specific effects of the global systemic crisis on different population groups.

The project addresses the ecological crisis, which shows a possible incompatibility between the achievement of some human rights in certain countries and their energy and ecological viability. This reveals a direct relationship between structural violences and democracy and is related to the exponential increase of conflict as an effect of globalization and the increase of migratory flows. The project will analyze the models of management of diversity and conflict that are being used (political, cultural, and religious pluralism) associated with the migration processes, as well as possible “good cross-cultural practices” of living together models.