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The Foreign Policy of Counter Secession: Preventing the Recognition of Contested States

James Ker-Lindsay


This book examines the ways in which states attempt to prevent the recognition of territories that have unilaterally declared independence? Analysing the efforts of the governments of Serbia, Georgia and Cyprus to prevent the international recognition of Kosovo, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and northern Cyprus, the work draws on in depth interviews with a number of leading policy makers to explain how each of the countries has designed, developed, and implemented its counter recognition strategies. After explaining how the principle of the territorial integrity of states has tended to take precede ... More

Keywords: secession, recognition, self-determination, foreign policy, international relations, international law, international organisations, United Nations, Cyprus, Serbia, Georgia, Kosovo, Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199698394
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Ker-Lindsay, author
Eurobank EFG Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of South East Europe, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science