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1st Edition

The Politics of Self-Determination
Beyond the Decolonisation Process

ISBN 9781138108714
Published June 16, 2017 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Since the formation of the UN in 1945 the international community has witnessed a number of violent self-determination conflicts such as the disintegration of Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Kashmir, and South Sudan that have been a major cause of humanitarian crises and destruction. This book examines the scope and applicability of political self-determination beyond the decolonisation process.

Explaining the historical evolution of self-determination, this book provides a theoretical examination of the concept and background. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the author analyses self-determination in relation to contemporary conflicts, which inform and drive a coherent theoretical framework for international responses to claims for self-determination. Built upon an examination of the conceptual foundations of self-determination, this book presents a new understanding and application of self-determination. It addresses the important question of whether self-determination claims legitimate armed violence, either by the self-determining group’s right to rebel, or by the international community in the form of humanitarian intervention.

The Politics of Self-Determination will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, international relations, security studies and conflict studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: Self-Determination  1. Self-Determination, Decolonisation and the United Nations  2. The Shortcomings of the Current Law of Self-Determination  3. Self-Determination and the Contemporary Political Context  Part 2: Conceptual Foundations of Self-Determination  4. Conceptualising Self-Determination  5. Self-Determination as a Human Right of Groups  6. Diversity and Inclusion  Part 3: Realising Self-Determination  7. Secession and Independent Statehood  8. Self-Determination Short of Independent Statehood  9. Self-Determination and Armed Violence

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Dr Kristina Roepstorff is a Government of Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University Vancouver, Canada.