1st Edition

Territorial Separatism in Global Politics Causes, Outcomes and Resolution

Edited By Damien Kingsbury, Costas Laoutides Copyright 2015

    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.

    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 


    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).