30 years after Berlin, more and more walls face the challenges of globalization
Trump's wall with Mexico, the "barrier of security" between Israel and the West Bank, has enclosed the Spanish enclaves in Morocco. . . The Berlin Wall was supposed to be the last, but 30 years after its fall, new walls have been constantly erected in response to the challenges of globalization.
"November 9, 1989 marked something that many hoped would be a new era of collaboration and openness across borders," recalls the Transnational Institute (TNI), a progressive think tank in Amsterdam.
"Thirty years later, the opposite seems to have happened: the world is responding to international problems with wall security, militarization and isolation," TNI said in its Walls Building report.
"The walls are still here and have increased. Today they are more than they were 30 years ago. I counted about 20, which is twice as much as in 1989," added Novoselof.
Political scientist Elizabeth Vale of the University of Quebec in Montreal has counted 70-75 built or declared walls compared to about 15 in 1989. If placed side by side, "existing walls will have a total length of about 40,000 km", which is about the circumference on Earth, said the author of the book "Borders, Fences and Walls - A State of Uncertainty."
Globalization had given rise to the hope that borders would disappear, but in fact triggered a backlash fueling the sovereignty and nationalism that the barriers love, said Bruno Tertre, co-author with Dolphin Papen of Atlas of Borders. Walls, Conflicts, Migration.
The barriers have multiplied since September 11, 2001, according to Tertreux, who is the deputy director of the Strategic Research Foundation in Paris.
People are starting to build walls "in an attempt to combat in a slightly ridiculous way against global phenomena such as terrorism, migration or poverty," said Alexandra Novoselof.
In a society that has lost its foothold, leading to a heightened demand for state intervention and protection, "the spatial border is seen as absolute protection," said Michel Fouche, author of Returning the Borders. The wall serves as "a metaphor that is expected to calm our worries," added a professor of applied geopolitics at the College of World Studies in Paris.
"In an age where populism is rapidly gaining ground, the wall is a quick solution that a populist government can quickly implement," said Elizabeth Vale.
"EU member states and the Schengen area have built nearly 1,000 km of walls, or six times the length of the Berlin Wall, since the 1990s to stop the entry of displaced groups," the TNI report reads.
However, "the walls do not allow the flow to be stopped," says Vale. "On the contrary, they contribute to making them illegal. They do not allow traffic to be stopped - for example, most imported drugs in the US cross border points. Moreover, they contribute to concealing a reality, that of growing insecurity in the southern countries. millions of people will have no choice but to leave, the walls will become useless, "the expert warned.
"It is true that walls are not the solution, but they are an emergency response to an equally urgent problem," said French historian Claude Kettel, who warned "not to demonize the walls."
The real border walls that are designed to control entrants to a country should not be confused with the former Berlin Wall, which banned exits, winning the nickname "wall of disgrace," emphasized Michael Rubin of the conservative Washington think tank American enterprise institute. "
"The walls work if their goal is to protect national security and curb illegal immigration," he said, citing the barrier between Israel and the West Bank as an example. "Almost immediately, the number of successful attacks in Israel dropped by 90 percent," said a former Pentagon official.
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