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Designated Risk Areas - Arbitrary Lines or Useful Tools for the Illustration of risk?

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The ownership and authority to define risk based on the parameters and locations of HRAs continues to be contested and fraught with issues and unintended consequences.

METIS Risk Areas

The art of drawing lines on maps is fraught with contention. Sir Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot are likely unfamiliar to many, but their names and actions live on. Their role in carving up the Ottoman Empire towards the end of the of WW1 created artificial borders in the Middle East – determined arbitrarily with a ruler and with no regard to ethnic or sectarian characteristics – highlights the unintended cartographic consequences that can arise when applying rigid models of expression to inherently dynamic areas. Designated areas of maritime risk, also known as High-Risk Areas (HRAs), have shown themselves to be similarly contested and controversial spaces.

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