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From Kosovo to Karabakh : international responses to de facto states.

Caspersen, Nina (2008) From Kosovo to Karabakh : international responses to de facto states. Südosteuropa, 56 (1). pp. 58-83. ISSN 0722-480X

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    Abstract

    Both in the Balkans and in the Caucasus, the dominant international re-sponse to de facto states, or quasi-states, has been one of isolation; they violate the principle of territorial integrity, they are often based on warfare, and the legitimacy of their frequently ethnically-based claims to independence is rejected. This article finds that pragmatism has occasionally led to some form of reluctant engagement, but this has been ad hoc and its depoliticised nature has been stressed. De facto states have been viewed solely through the lens of ethnicity and there has been insufficient under-standing of internal dynamics. International policies for Kosovo have long impacted on the strategies adopted by other de facto states and recent developments have reig-nited hopes for recognition. The US and the EU have rejected any talk of a legal prece-dent, but Kosovoʹs recognition does have important political consequences; it intro-duces a new dynamism into currently stalled peace processes. This could lead to a hardening of positions, but it could also positively impact on the internal dynamics of the de facto states.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Südosteuropa
    Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
    ID Code: 28070
    Deposited By: Dr Nina Caspersen
    Deposited On: 06 Nov 2009 09:21
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:43
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/28070

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