Self-Determination

Interview – Kentaro Fujikawa

E-International Relations • Oct 15 2021 • Features

Kentaro Fujikawa discusses conflicts over self-determination and referenda with a focus on the cases of Eritrea, East Timor and South Sudan.

Review – James Ker-Lindsay’s YouTube Channel

Irene Fernández-Molina • Jan 24 2021 • Features

James Ker-Lindsay’s accessible YouTube videos provide a wealth of factual information, examples and analysis on the state, self-determination and secession.

The Case of UN Involvement in Jammu and Kashmir

Stephen P. Westcott • May 29 2020 • Articles

The Security Council limited the Kashmiri people to accession into either India or Pakistan, in fact privileging another norm: the existing sovereign state’s rights.

The United Nations, Self-Determination, State Failure and Secession

Ed Brown • May 29 2020 • Articles

Secessionist states are unlikely to gain membership as the principle of territorial integrity holds primacy, initially showing it to be a foe to self-determination.

Self-Determination as Resistance: Sahrawi and Palestinian Struggle for the UN

Moara Assis Crivelente • Mar 19 2020 • Articles

Officials and activists interviewed from both Palestine and Western Sahara affirm that despite their commitment to diplomacy, self-determination is non-negotiable.

Revisiting the United Nations and the Micro-State Problem

Archie W. Simpson • Mar 17 2020 • Articles

The micro-state problem emerged in the late 1960s as many newly independent; decolonised micro-states applied to join the UN in order to confirm their sovereign status.

Sustaining Peace and Internal Self-Determination in the UN Perspective

Cristiana Carletti • Mar 17 2020 • Articles

Peace agreement’s hybrid self-determination component demonstrate how international and local actors can impact the establishment post-conflict environment domestically.

Alternative Approaches to Self-Determination Applied to the Cyprus Conflict

Charis van den Berg and Tobias Nowak • Mar 13 2020 • Articles

The UN paradigm has a number of shortcomings and is therefore inadequate to answer modern claims involving self-determination, such as the Cyprus conflict.

The UN as Both Foe and Friend to Indigenous Peoples and Self-Determination

Sheryl Lightfoot and David MacDonald • Mar 12 2020 • Articles

The UN, created to uphold the sovereignty of states, has become a vehicle for Indigenous peoples to organise in favour of their rights.

Self-Determination as a Process: The United Nations in South Sudan

Kerstin Tomiak • Mar 10 2020 • Articles

In South Sudan, self-determination was ensured only to have it violated by external powers. These interferences did not help end the conflict; rather they made it worse.

The United Nations and Self-Determination in the Case of East Timor

Jakob R. Avgustin • Feb 27 2020 • Articles

In the case of East Timor, one can argue that the UN was definitely not a friend to the people of East Timor even without the right to self-determination in the equation.

The Precarious History of the UN towards Self-Determination

Jakob R. Avgustin • Feb 18 2020 • Articles

Moving beyond the existing UN paradigm might bring forward better and sustainable solutions for some of the world’s longest-lasting conflicts.

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