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Secession and Recognition in International Politics

James Ker-Lindsay

in The Foreign Policy of Counter Secession

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199698394
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745874 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698394.003.0002
Secession and Recognition in International Politics

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The first chapter explores the question of recognition and secession in international politics. It briefly examines the emergence of modern practices of recognition and show the principle of self-determination leading to independence has come to be seen in very limited terms. In cases of ethnic conflict, it has generally been viewed as being a right to ‘internal’ self-determination, resulting in some form of political of constitutional settlement that re-integrates a separatist territory within the ‘parent state’, rather that a right to separate statehood. And while new theoretical and practical challenges to the traditional model are emerging, the aversion to recognising acts of unilateral secession is likely to remain a cornerstone of international relations for the foreseeable future.

Keywords: secession; recognition; self determination; territorial integrity; decolonisation; Cold War; remedial secession

Chapter.  7402 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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