Secession and counter-secession

An International Relations Perspective

ACTIVIDAD REALIZADA
6 octubre 2017 - 09:00h
LOCALIZACIÓN: CIDOB, sala Jordi Maragall, Elisabets 12,08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZADO POR: CIDOB

Objetivo

Secessionist movements in Europe have become more visible in recent years. From Catalonia and Scotland to Kurdistan and Kosovo, nations have tried to secede from their host states with varying degrees of success. These challenges represent the aspirations of stateless nations to gain independence, and they have value. But they also represent challenges to political order both within states and across the international system. In normative terms, this is contest between the right of stateless nations to self-determination and the right of states to maintain their territorial integrity. 

Violence has been historically used to resolve territorial disputes but in recent decades there has been a noticeable shift to peaceful means, possibly because its effectiveness. The dynamics of secession (and counter-secession) have been radically transformed and a wide range of experts in think tanks and academia are now examining the dyadic relationship at the local, national, and international levels. Regrettably, much less attention has been devoted to examining the interactions between the domestic and international level and how theseaffect the development, mobilization, and strategies practiced by contemporary secessionist movements. 

This workshop will examine the ways in which the strategies of secession and counter-secession have been shaped by international politics. The participants will be invited to answer the following research questions. How does domestic support interact with the international context? What are the strategies that secessionist movements adopt when seeking independence, and how do they vary? How do secessionist leaders gain legitimacy in the eyes of their local, national, and international audiences, and does the success at one level compromise success at the other? How do changes in international norms and great power politics influence the strategies and success rates of independence efforts? How do regional organizations like the European Union affect secessionist outcomes? 

To answer all these questions based on specific case studies, CIDOB has decided to organize two activities: first, the conference “Nations and States in Europe: The Catalan Case” that will take place on October 5th at CCCB and, second, an international seminar on the topic “Secession and counter-secession: An International Relations Perspective” on October 6th at CIDOB. Both events will gather world-renowned experts and will analyse country case studies in a comparative perspective as well as establishing transnational networks of knowledge and dialogue in this respective area.

 

 

 

Archivos

Participantes

SPEAKERS

Jordi Bacaria

Jordi Bacaria

Director, CIDOB

Bridget L. Coggins

Bridget L. Coggins

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California Santa Barbara

Bruno Coppieters

Bruno Coppieters

Head of the Department of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Ryan Griffiths

Ryan Griffiths

Senior Lecturer, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

Gestur Hovgaard

Gestur Hovgaard

Associate Professor, University of the Faroe Islands

James Ker-Lindsay

James Ker-Lindsay

Professor of Politics and Policy, St Mary’s University

André Lecours

André Lecours

School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

Bart Maddens

Bart Maddens

Full professor of Political Science, University of Leuven

Nicola McEwen

Nicola McEwen

Professor of Territorial Politics, University of Edinburgh

Diego Muro

Diego Muro

Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews; Senior Research Associate, CIDOB

Matt Qvortrup

Matt Qvortrup

Professor of Political Science, Coventry University

Antoni Segura i Mas

Antoni Segura i Mas

President, CIDOB

Roland Sturm

Roland Sturm

Chair of Political Science, Friedrich-Alexander Erlangen-Nuremberg University

Pere Vilanova

Pere Vilanova

Professor of Political Science, University of Barcelona (UB); Associate Senior Researcher, CIDOB

Eckart Woertz

Eckart Woertz

Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator, CIDOB

Secession and counter-secession ACTIVIDAD REALIZADA

09:00h Welcome

Jordi Bacaria, director, CIDOB

09:15h The International System and the European Union

Moderates: Pere Vilanova, Professor of Political Science, University of Barcelona (UB); Associate Senior Researcher, CIDOB

                       

 Strategies of Secession and Counter Secession

Diego Muro, Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews; Senior Research Associate, CIDOB

 

How do States respond to Secession? Dynamics of State Recognition

Bridget L. Coggins, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California Santa Barbara

 

The Role of Referendums: Legal Requirements, Processes and Outcomes

Matt Qvortrup,Professor of Political Science, Coventry University

 

Secessionist Movements and the European Union

Bruno Coppieters,Head of the Department of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

11:15h Coffee Break

11:30h Secessionist Strategies: Case Studies

Moderates: Eckart Woertz, Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator, CIDOB

                       

Scotland

Nicola McEwen, Professor of Territorial Politics, University of Edinburgh

 

Flanders

Bart Maddens, Full professor of Political Science, University of Leuven

Quebec

André Lecours, Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

 

Autonomy and Self-Government in Denmark: The case of Greenland and the Faroe Islands

Gestur Hovgaard, Associate Professor, University of the Faroe Islands

14:30h Counter-secessionist Strategies: Case Studies

Moderates: Diego Muro, Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews; Senior Research Associate, CIDOB

 

The Creation and Recognition of States in International Law

Tom Grant, Lecturer, University of Cambridge

Why do Governments deny Secession in some Cases but not others?  

Ryan Griffiths, Senior Lecturer, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

 

Foreign Policy of Counter-Secession: Cyprus

James Ker-Lindsay, Professor of Politics and Policy, St Mary’s University

 

Conflict and Autonomy in the Federal System of Germany

Roland Sturm, Chair of Political Science, Friedrich-Alexander Erlangen-Nuremberg University 

16:30h Concluding remarks

Antoni Segura, President, CIDOB 

17:00h Cloenda