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Between Puppets and Independent Actors: Kin-state Involvement in the Conflicts in Bosnia, Croatia and Nagorno Karabakh.

Caspersen, Nina (2008) Between Puppets and Independent Actors: Kin-state Involvement in the Conflicts in Bosnia, Croatia and Nagorno Karabakh. Ethnopolitics, 7 (4). pp. 357-372. ISSN 1744-9065

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Abstract

The conflicts and wars in Bosnia, Croatia and Nagorno Karabakh are commonly viewed as little more than the expression of kin-state involvement. The Serbian regime is usually assigned overwhelming influence over the local Serb leaders, and the formal division between Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh is frequently argued to be a smokescreen. However, this article argues that the leaders in Belgrade and Yerevan were not always able to control the local leaders and dictate developments, and their influence varied considerably in different conflict phases. Even though kin-state involvement can play a very important role, and indeed be the decisive factor in a violent conflict, the potentially limited longevity of these ethnonational ties should be acknowledged; they can be weakened even in a situation of extreme insecurity and this impacts on the possibility for reaching a settlement.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Ethnopolitics
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 34120
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2010 14:40
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:33
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34120

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