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Kin state intervention in ethnic conflicts: Lessons from South Asia

Ganguly, R. (1998) Kin state intervention in ethnic conflicts: Lessons from South Asia. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.

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The purpose of this study is to systematically analyze the role played by kin states in neighboring secessionist conflicts involving their co-nationals. Ethnic kin states are typically those states which border or are close to the secessionist region and which contains co-nationals of the secessionists with whom the secessionists share and maintain strong ethnocultural and ethnoreligious bonds. Additionally, these co-nationals must be a homeland society (as opposed to a diaspora community) for the state to be classified as an ethnic kin state. The co-nationals could be either a numerical majority or a minority in the ethnic kin state. Further, they could be either a dominant or a subordinate ethnic group in the kin state. If the co-nationals are a numerical majority and control the kin state, then the secessionists may come to regard the kin state as their mother state. For instance, Russians living in Ukraine or Moldova will typically come to regard Russia as their mother state. Similarly, Serbs in Bosnia or Croatia consider Serbia to be their mother state.

Ch. I. The Role of Kin States in Ethnosecessionist Conflicts: A Theoretical Framework -- Ch. II. Kashmiri Secessionism in India and the Role of Pakistan -- Ch. III. The Secession of Bangladesh and the Role of India -- Ch. IV. The Role of Afghanistan and Iran in the Baluch Attempt to Secede from Pakistan -- Ch. V. 'Pakhtunistan' and the Role of Afghanistan -- Ch. VI. The Role of India in the Tamil Secessionist Movement in Sri Lanka -- Ch. VII. Conclusion

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Sage
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