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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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Planning and Implementing a Counter-Recognition Strategy

Planning and Implementing a Counter-Recognition Strategy

(p.77) 4 Planning and Implementing a Counter-Recognition Strategy
The Foreign Policy of Counter Secession

James Ker-Lindsay

Oxford University Press

The fourth chapter examines the ways in which states develop and implement their strategies to prevent recognition. First and foremost, any credible counter-recognition strategy requires an ongoing claim to the territory in question. This can be done in a number of ways. Secondly, the arguments against recognition must be formulated. While this may focus on the illegality of unilateral secession, often states will choose to present the issue as one of external invasion and occupation. Then there are questions as to whether the parent state take a more proactive or reactive approach on the question of recognition, and how should it respond to acts of recognition when they do occur. Finally, the chapter considers how these policies are formulated and implemented. While it is usually the foreign ministry that takes the lead on these matters, a range of other actors – such as envoys, lobbyists, friendly states and disapora communities – also have an important part to play.

Keywords:   foreign policy, decision making, diplomacy, public diplomacy, lobbying, diaspora

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