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Territorial Separatism in Global Politics

Causes, Outcomes and Resolution, 1st Edition

Edited by Damien Kingsbury, Costas Laoutides


194 pages

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This volume examines the various aspects of territorial separatism, focusing on how and why separatist movements arise.

Featuring essays by leading scholars from different disciplinary perspectives, the book aims to situate the question of separatism within the broader socio-political context of the international system, arguing that a set of historical events as well as local, regional, and global dynamics have converged to provide the catalysts that often trigger separatist conflicts. In addition, the book marks progress towards a new conceptual framework for the study of territorial separatism, by linking the survival of communities in international politics with the effective control of territory and the consequent creation of new polities. Separatist conflicts challenge conventional wisdom concerning conflict resolution within the context of international relations by unpacking a number of questions with regard to conflict transformation. Through the use of case studies, including Cyprus, the Rakhine state in Myanmar, the Shia separatism in Iraq, the Uighurs in China and the case of East Timor, the volume addresses key issues including the role of democracy, international law, intervention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the creation of new political entities.

The book will be of much interest to students of Intra-StateConflict, Conflict Resolution, International Law, Security Studies and International Relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Territorial Separatism in Context, Damien Kingsbury and Costas Laoutides Part I: Territorial Separatism in an Interdisciplinary Perspective 1. Secession: A Much-Contested Concept, Aleksandar Pavkovic 2. Secession: A Question of Law or Fact?, Peter Radan 3. Vertical Distinction as Civic Failure: State-Nation Disjuncture, Damien Kingsbury 4. Negotiating Sustainable Peace in Separatist Context, Costas Laoutides 5. Discursive Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation after Separatist Wars: A Radical Proposition, Richard Jackson Part II: Case Studies 6. Recognition as a Political Act: Political Considerations in Recognising Indonesia’s Annexation of East Timor, Clinton Fernandes 7. Containing Separatism? Control and Resistance in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Terry Narramore 8. The Anathema of Partition: The Quandary of Division, Secession and Re-unification in Cyprus, Michális S. Michael 9. Succeeding and Seceding in Iraq: The Case for a Shiite State, Benjamin Isakhan 10. Secessionist Aspects to the Buddhist-Muslim Conflict in Rakhine State, Myanmar, Anthony Ware Conclusion, Costas Laoutides and Damien Kingsbury

About the Editors

Damien Kingsbury is the Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights, Deakin University, Australia. He has authored/edited a number of books, including: Sri Lanka and the Responsibility to Protect: Politics, ethnicity, genocide (Routledge 2011), East Timor: The Price of Liberty (2009), International Development: Issues and Challenges (2008, 2012) and Political Development (Routledge, 2007).

Costas Laoutides is a Lecturer in International Relations, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University, Australia. He is author of Self-Determination and Collective Responsibility in the Secessionist Struggle (forthcoming).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Civil Wars and Intra-State Conflict

This series publishes theoretically rigorous and empirically original scholarship on all aspects of armed intrastate conflict, including its causes, nature, impacts, patterns of violence, and resolution. It also publishes books which explore debates about the politics, sociological aspects and economics of civil wars, and their international dimensions. The series has a broad intellectual remit designed to be open to a range of academic methodologies and interests, including innovative empirical approaches, and welcomes work on specific armed conflicts and the micro-dynamics of violence, on broad patterns and cross-national analyses of civil wars, and on historical perspectives as well as contemporary challenges. It also seeks to explore the policy implications of conflict analysis, especially as it relates to international security, intervention and peacebuilding.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General