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Secession and Security: Explaining State Strategy against Separatists

Ahsan I. Butt


This book argues that states, rather than separatists, determine whether a secessionist struggle will be peaceful, violent, or genocidal. The book investigates the strategies, ranging from negotiated concessions to large-scale repression, adopted by states in response to separatist movements. Variations in the external security environment, the book argues, influenced the leaders of the Ottoman Empire to use peaceful concessions against Armenians in 1908 but escalated to genocide against the same community in 1915; caused Israel to reject a Palestinian state in the 1990s; and shaped peaceful s ... More

Keywords: secessionist struggles, negotiated concessions, repression states, separatist movements, peaceful concessions, genocide, Pakistan, India, secessionist movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501713941
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501713941.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ahsan I. Butt, author
George Mason University