Immigration, Security, and Democracy


Monday, November 30, 2009 (All day)


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

The Dynamics of Policy Failure

Ariane Chebel dAppollonia, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

About the Seminar
In this seminar, Ariane Chebel dAppollonia examines three interlocking processes that fuel the dynamics of security/integration policy failure.’ The first relates to the spiral effect of border escalation. Designed to prevent illegal immigration and terrorist threats, she argues that border controls in fact generate new immigration flows and increase insecurity. Second, the increasing volume of counter-terrorism activity has led to the proliferation of similarly flawed policy institutions in the United States and Europe: Hampered by a vague definition of terrorism, they have expanded and tackle security issues unrelated to terrorism. Third, the impact of the securitization of immigration may actually increase alienation and therefore facilitate terrorist recruitment. The net effect is the creation of a self-fulfilling prophesy of a permissive environment of violence.

You can watch an introductory video here.