Radical disagreement and self-determination disputes

Bell, Christine (2019). ‘Radical disagreement and self-determination disputes’. Peace in Progress No. 36: Dialogue in Polarised Societies (June 2019). Barcelona: International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP).

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Abstract: Self-determination disputes are difficult to resolve because there is no way to reconcile a desire for secession with a desire to preserve the state’s unity. This is why the disagreement is ‘radical’: there is no way to ‘square the circle’. Or is there? If we look beneath each party’s position relating to statehood, can the underlying interests motivating those positions be accommodated? How do people resolve these self-determination claims in the most contested and conflict-riven situations?

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