The Politics of Self-Determination: Beyond the Decolonisation Process

1st Edition

Kristina Roepstorff

Routledge
Published June 16, 2017
Reference - 194 Pages
ISBN 9781138108714 - CAT# Y337032
Series: Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

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Summary

Since the formation of the UN in 1945 the international community has witnessed a number of violent self-determination conflicts such as the disintegration of Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Kashmir, and South Sudan that have been a major cause of humanitarian crises and destruction. This book examines the scope and applicability of political self-determination beyond the decolonisation process.

Explaining the historical evolution of self-determination, this book provides a theoretical examination of the concept and background. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the author analyses self-determination in relation to contemporary conflicts, which inform and drive a coherent theoretical framework for international responses to claims for self-determination. Built upon an examination of the conceptual foundations of self-determination, this book presents a new understanding and application of self-determination. It addresses the important question of whether self-determination claims legitimate armed violence, either by the self-determining group’s right to rebel, or by the international community in the form of humanitarian intervention.

The Politics of Self-Determination will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, international relations, security studies and conflict studies.

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