New Book Examines Border Conflicts in North America

February 7, 2017

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Laurence Armand French, senior researcher and affiliate professor of justice studies, has published a new book, co–written with Magdaleno Manzanarez, professor of political science at Western New Mexico University, titled “North American Border Conflicts: Race, Politics, and Ethics” (CRC Press, 2016).

“North American Border Conflicts” examines border conflicts from their beginnings at European settlement and aboriginal tribe contact to the ensuing colonial border battles, the emerging United States and its expansionist mandate, and the neocolonial conflicts of the 20th century. The book explores 21st century border issues such as post-9/11 policies that impact North American and Canadian border Indian tribes and the drug and human trafficking  concerns at the Mexico-U.S. border. “North American Border Conflicts” adds to the current discussion on class, race, ethnic and sectarian divides, not only within the United States but throughout the Americas in general. In an increasingly global world, the text offers insight into issues among and between neighboring nations.

The history and geopolitics explored by “North American Border Conflicts” are particularly pertinent at this moment in United States history as federal government concern over border security has increased.

“North American border issues are complex,” says French. “They cannot be easily dismissed by inflammatory rhetoric claiming simple solutions that will supposedly immediately change the landscape of interactions that extend to the beginning of U.S. independence.

“‘Nationalism’ is often associated with sectarian/ethnic elitism and is a dangerous foreign policy construct — look at the recent Balkan wars,” adds French. “Everyone who lives in this hemisphere is ‘American’ and if preference and consideration is given to any group, it should be the ‘indigenous’ Americans.”

French and Manzanarez have researched collaboratively for the past 20 years in the areas of international relations, social justice, and minority issues with a particular focus on indigenous Indian groups. In 2004, they co-authored “NAFTA and Neocolonialism: Comparative Criminal, Human, and Social Justice” (University Press of America).

“North American Border Conflicts: Race, Politics, and Ethics” is available from CRC Press and major online retailers.

UNH Researcher Selected as Fulbright Specialist to Bosnia-Herzegovina

March 14, 2016

photo of L.A. French

Laurence French, senior researcher in Justiceworks and affiliate professor of justice studies, has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist for the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior, Internal Affairs College in Bosnia and Herzegovina to work on their project, “Peace and Conflict Resolution.” French is already on the ground in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he will remain for six weeks, drafting new and amending existing institutional curricula, developing research capacity and publishing relevant publications.

“This is critical assignment given the turmoil in the region with thousands of Middle Eastern and African migrants traversing through the former Yugoslavia and the presence of ISIS in Bosnia,” says French. “This is also the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Dayton Accords that partitioned Bosnia-Herzegovina into two major entities.”

The project is intended to give students, employees and the public new insight into war crimes and restorative justice.

French served as a Fulbright Scholar in 2009-10 at the University of Sarajevo on the faculty of criminal sciences.

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