The Newsletter 83 Summer 2019
Transnational networks play a key role in the global flow of resources. Yet the regulated activities of trade, foreign direct investment (FDI), migration, and related activities constitute only a portion of all transnational exchanges. The rest is undertaken in the shadows. Every day, vast networks of people and organizations shuffle goods, money, and humans across the globe’s borders. Unsurprisingly, owing to their obscure nature, the assortment of border exchanges, the diversities of brokering practices, and the variations in informality have not been fully studied. Our joint project, presented in this Focus section, seeks to address these issues by re-examining transnational informal exchanges across Asia and Eurasia from a bottom-up perspective.