The Practice of Fringe Regionalism: Evidence from the Caucasus and the Sahara

  • Frank Mattheis
  • Luca Raineri
  • Alessandra Russo


Mattheis, Raineri and Russo provide an empirical analysis of the Sahara and the Caucasus through the lens of fringe regionalism. They discuss how these regions have been framed and governed as buffer areas separating distinct regional organisations and regional security areas, and the emergence of competing narratives. They then focus on informal practices and exchanges in specific physical sites and portals within these borderlands, practices which perform connective functions across a region. The chapter demonstrates that the cross-border networks revolving around these connective sites progressively foster the emergence of new identities, and of new regional narratives connected to such identities.


Sahara Caucasus Borderlands Regional identity Cross-border trade 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Mattheis
    • 1
  • Luca Raineri
    • 2
  • Alessandra Russo
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut d’études européennesUniversité libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Sant’Anna School of Advanced StudiesPisaItaly
  3. 3.Centre Emile DurkheimSciences Po BordeauxBordeauxFrance

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