Autonomy and Ethnic Conflict in South and South-East Asia

Edited by Rajat Ganguly

© 2012 – Routledge

166 pages

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About the Book

This book uses empirical evidence from various case studies to examine the relationship between territorial and regional autonomy, the nation-state and ethnic conflict resolution in South and South-East Asia.

The concept of territorial or regional autonomy holds centre stage in the literature on ethnic conflict settlement because it is supposed to be able to reconcile two paradoxical objectives: the preservation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state, and the satisfaction of ethnic minorities’ right to national self-determination. Critics argue, however, that autonomy may not be the panacea for ethnic conflict in all cases.

The contributing authors begin with the concept of territorial or regional autonomy and subject it to a rigorous empirical analysis, which provides reliable evidence regarding the suitability of the autonomy solution to intractable ethnic conflicts. Drawing upon case studies from Kashmir, Assam, Sri Lanka, Aceh, Mindanao and Southern Thailand, this edited volume argues that autonomy arrangements may at best work to resolve only a handful of separatist ethnic conflicts in South and South-East Asia.

This book will be of much interest to students of South and South-East Asia, Asian security, ethnic conflict, peace studies and IR in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Is Autonomy a Solution or an Obstacle to Resolving Ethn0-national Conflicts? Rajat Ganguly 1. Prospects for Autonomy in Jammu and Kashmir D. Suba Chandran 2. The Rise and Decline of a Separatist Insurgency: Contentious Politics in Assam, India Sanjib Baruah 3. Ethnic Peacemaking in Sri Lanka: The Politics of Autonomy Solution P. Sahadevan 4. Ending the War in Aceh: Leadership, Patronage and Autonomy in Yudhoyono's Indonesia Marcus Mietzner 5. Mindanao, Southern Philippines: The Pitfalls in Working for Peace in a Time of Political Decay Nathan Gilbert Quimpo 6. When Autonomy is not an Option? Governing Violence in Southern Thailand Chaiwat Satha-Anand Conclusion: What Does the Empirical Evidence Tell Us about the Suitability of Territorial Autonomy in Resolving Ethno-national Conflicts in South and Southeast Asia? Rajat Ganguly

About the Editor

Rajat Ganguly is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies and Academic Chair in Security Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Murdoch University. He has written widely on ethnic conflict and international security. His current research projects focus on ethnic conflict resolution, international norms on secession, and Asian security. He is also the founding Editor of the Journal of South Asian Development.

About the Series

Asian Security Studies

Few regions of the world are fraught with as many security questions as Asia. Within this region it is possible to study great power rivalries, irredentist conflicts, nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation, secessionist movements, ethnoreligious conflicts and inter-state wars. This series publishes the best possible scholarship on the security issues affecting the region, and includes detailed empirical studies, theoretically oriented case studies and policy-relevant analyses as well as more general works.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
HIS048000
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
POL034000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace
POL035010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights