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The Foreign Policy of Counter SecessionPreventing the Recognition of Contested States$
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James Ker-Lindsay

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199698394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698394.001.0001

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Reasons for Contesting Secession and Preventing Recognition

Reasons for Contesting Secession and Preventing Recognition

(p.60) 3 Reasons for Contesting Secession and Preventing Recognition
The Foreign Policy of Counter Secession

James Ker-Lindsay

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 explores the reasons why states contest unilateral acts of secession and try to prevent secessionist territories from being recognised. Although it may appear obvious why a state chooses to contest a unilateral declaration of independence, this chapter seeks to show that the reasons are actually far more complex than one might suppose. While the desire to hold on to territory for the sake of it may play a part, there are a range of other factors involved. As for preventing recognition, this is intimately linked with conflict resolution processes. By preventing a secessionist territory from gaining international legitimacy, states ensure that they retain a stronger hand in reaching a final settlement – whatever that might be.

Keywords:   secession, economics, history, culture, invasion, partition, conflict resolution, reunification

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