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Bin Phuoc Travel on The standoffs surrounding these vessels provide another example of temporal borders in action, but they trigger a series of actions and reactions that are difficult to account for within existing typologies of sovereign and governmental power. Far from prompting a sovereign decision, for instance in the form of a violent intervention, the vessels were held up by an abdication of sovereign power or an incapacity to decide. Neither Australia nor Indonesia was prepared to intervene, the former lest its toughness be perceived as inhumane and the latter presumably because it did not want to take administrative responsibility for the migrants. The vessels also fell into the gaps between normative governmental regimes, occupying an uncertain space where jurisdictional differences and the discrepancies between legal orders were contested. Nor did the efforts of private actors, nongovernmental groups, or international organizations prove more effective in ending the gridlock. As much as sovereign power, decentered governmental operations were unable to defuse the situation or avert its tragic consequences. How are we to account for the dual and seemingly complicit worldng of sovereignty and governance in these instances? Extending the discussion across a range of borderscapes and border struggles, our argument in this chapter is that sovereignty provides a necessary supplement for governance, particularly in cases where the latter fails to reproduce the framing of its operations, for instance, through appeals to humanitarianism. Bin Phuoc Travel 2016.

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