One of the enduring legacies of the colonial age is messy borders. Borders drawn by individuals that rarely had any insights into the culture, history and ground realities.
Couple interesting articles to ponder on:
- Thanassis Cambanis, A world of messy borders? Get used to it
According to one scholar, state sovereignty has never been as important as we think. Boston Globe, Sep 2012.
- Sagarika Ghose, Reaching out in Kashmir: What Narendra Modi can learn from Manmohan Singh. The Times of India, Feb 2019.
A technical solution to messy borders will be tremendously beneficial to developing countries in Asia and Africa. Designing an Autonomous Region for a geographical area that spans two (or more) nation states is an idea worth considering. The rules:
a) Sovereign borders stay the same
b) Defense and Foreign Policy is handled by the respective nation state
c) All other systems and governance are dictated by residents