Coordinators: Stephen Baker, Peter Weis

Natural barriers, including mountain ranges, rivers, and seas, have long been used to delimit territories that confine and define the collective identity of a political group. Landward boundaries are nearly always necessary to establish limits of governmental control and points of contact with neighbors that abut each other. Establishing these borders may involve dominance of one entity over another, imposition of a third party or, less frequently, mutual deference. We will discuss these commonplace and often crucially-placed lines on a map and what makes them newsworthy.