The Role of International Organizations

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:
The Role of International Organizations

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Chapter 6 tackles the question of the role of international organisations in counter-recognition efforts. Perhaps the most important example of this has been the role of the United Nations in conferring legitimacy on states. By gaining UN membership, a state is seen to be a full member of the international community – even if it is not recognised by all other member states. Moreover, UN membership is a prerequisite for admittance to a wide range of other international bodies, including a number of organisations that are not a part of the UN family. The UN is therefore an important forum for anti-recognition efforts. But other international and regional organisations are significant. For instance, the European Union can play a crucial role in determining the policies of European states, as well as the positions of countries further afield. So too can other regional bodies, such as the African Union. Finally, the chapter explores the ways in which legitimacy can be conferred on secessionist territories through membership and participation in a variety of sporting and cultural organisations, and highlight how these bodies have also become important battlegrounds.

Keywords: collective recognition; United Nations; international organisations; regional organisations; international financial institutions; sports

Chapter.  14228 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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