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Reasons for Contesting Secession and Preventing Recognition

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/9780199698394.003.0004
Reasons for Contesting Secession and Preventing Recognition

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Chapter 3 explores the reasons why states contest unilateral acts of secession and try to prevent secessionist territories from being recognised. Although it may appear obvious why a state chooses to contest a unilateral declaration of independence, this chapter seeks to show that the reasons are actually far more complex than one might suppose. While the desire to hold on to territory for the sake of it may play a part, there are a range of other factors involved. As for preventing recognition, this is intimately linked with conflict resolution processes. By preventing a secessionist territory from gaining international legitimacy, states ensure that they retain a stronger hand in reaching a final settlement – whatever that might be.

Keywords: secession; economics; history; culture; invasion; partition; conflict resolution; reunification

Chapter.  8633 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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