The Role Of Border Markets In Regional Security Case study: Bashmagh Border Market in Marivan, Iran

Document Type : Original Article


1 - Associate Professor of Political Geography, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

2 -M.A of Political of Geography, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran


International boundaries have their own specific characteristics among which underdevelopment, privation, economic and cultural inequality are of the main features of border regions of Iran, leading to insecurity in these areas.  Iran has land and water frontiers with 15 countries of which some are penetrable with respect to illegal transportation of individuals and commodities and etc., menacing their economic, political, military and social aspects.
The frontier between Iran and Iraq is confronted with a great deal of problems because of no peace no war circumstances in which illegal transportation of individuals from illegal pathways, committing illegal crimes such as addictive drug trafficking, selling and purchasing alcoholic drinks and weapons threaten the security of border regions.    
This study aims fundamentally to investigate whether developing border market can affect the security of the region or not. According to the results of analytical descriptive approach, library studies and survey method (questionnaire, observation) in Marivan, Bashmagh and conducting some interviews with officials of the region, it is concluded that the effect of developing Bashmagh market on the security of the region is significant.