Earned Sovereignty Revisited: Creating a Strategic Framework for Managing Self-Determination Based Conflicts
27 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2015 Last revised: 18 Jun 2015
Date Written: March 18, 2015
There are over seventy active self-determination movements around the globe, and this trend seems far from dissipating. Many of these self-determination movements generate sovereignty-based conflicts characterized by extreme violence on the part of both the parent state and the sub-state entity, and by the potential for regional and international instability.
In order to successfully resolve the persistent and growing number of violent and non-violent sovereignty-based conflicts, this article calls for the international community to develop a strategic framework to guide resolution of these conflicts. Currently, no comprehensive strategic framework for managing self-determination exists. The status quo promotes a nebulous approach to managing self-determination movements, ultimately fostering an atmosphere of apprehension, instability and uncertainty at the mere mention of potential independence.
Keywords: self-determination, sovereignty, independence, transitional justice, referendum, earned sovereignty
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