Preventing State 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:
Preventing State Recognition

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Chapter 5 analyses the question of recognition by states. As is seen, the most important target group of states in any counter-recognition campaign is the great powers. Their positions can often play a major role in shaping wider opinions on an act of secession; although it is perhaps not quite as decisive as it may appear. Then there are regional powers. These too can have a major influence in determining the positions of other states in their neighbourhood. A third category is states facing secessionist threats of their own. However, as is seen, this does not always ensure solidarity. Regional groups are also an important factor, especially as much of the world has tended to adopt a rather conservative view on territorial integrity. Lastly, the chapter considers how parent states respond to forms of bilateral legitimisation and acknowledgement that fall short of full recognition.

Keywords: recognition; diplomacy; foreign policy; great powers; regional powers

Chapter.  10539 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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