Peace at the border: A thought experiment

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Abstract

On 24 May 2007, the Times of India reported the case of Mohd Lal Amer, who had been 'duped', it said, into buying a 'world passport' from a Washington-based organization calling itself the World Government (TNN 2007). According to this report, the would-be global citizen passed several clearance points en route to the United States (US) before being detained by immigration authorities, who considered the matter to be a case of cyber crime. We do not know from this report whether Mr Amer was an ingcnue, fraudster or global activist, although the tone of the article suggests the former. But World Government (also known as the World Service Authority) that issues these passports through its website claims that its ' potential travel document' has been 'visaed' by 150 countries (World Service Authority 2013). This recognition is said to occur whenever a World Government document is stamped by officials at a territorial border, a process that substitutes administrative practice (most likely bureaucratic bungles) for the more usual route of international diplomacy
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World
Subtitle of host publicationA Preferred Future
EditorsLeanne Weber
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter1
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781315886060
ISBN (Print)9781138221833
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

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