Intervention at Risk: The Vicious Cycle of Distance and Danger in Mali and Afghanistan

  title={Intervention at Risk: The Vicious Cycle of Distance and Danger in Mali and Afghanistan},
  author={Ruben Andersson and Florian Weigand},
  journal={Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding},
  pages={519 - 541}
In crisis-hit countries, intensive risk management increasingly characterizes the presence of international interveners, with measures ranging from fortified compounds to ‘remote programming’. This article investigates the global drive for ‘security’ from an ethnographic perspective, focusing on Afghanistan and Mali. By deploying the concepts of distance and proximity, the article shows how frontline ‘outsourcing’ and bunkering have generated an unequal ‘risk economy’ while distancing… Expand
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