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Introduction: The Challenge of Ethnic Insurgency and Secession in South and Southeast Asia

Ganguly, R. (2003) Introduction: The Challenge of Ethnic Insurgency and Secession in South and Southeast Asia. In: Ganguly, Rajat and Macduff, Ian, (eds.) Ethnic conflict and secessionism in South and Southeast Asia: Causes, dynamics, solutions. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 9-22.

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Abstract

As we start in a new millennium, our initial optimism, fed no doubt by the end of the East-West ideological conflict in the late 1980s, that the post-Cold War order would be more peaceful has largely evaporated. As attested to by events in Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Rwanda, Congo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Angola, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan, Haiti, Colombia, and Mexico in the last decade of the 20th century, the end of the Cold War did not bring an end to conflict and violence; in fact, the 1990s witnessed some of the most horrific massacres of populations in recent history. While threats to world peace emerged from many quarters, most observers agreed that the outbreak of violent nationalist and ethnic conflicts in various states and regions of the globe posed the most serious danger to national and international stability.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Sage
Copyright: The Author
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/29658
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