May 27, 2014
You NEED to see this hot model (NSFW) of ethnic politics and foreign policy.

Actual title: Supporting secession or maintaining boundaries: The international consequences of ethnic politics

Abstract: 

The purpose of this dissertation was to understand the foreign policies states develop towards secessionist movements in other countries. Why do states give assistance to secessionist movements, or seek to block such aid? This dissertation tests the plausibility of four approaches; the conventional wisdom that focuses on the vulnerability of states to secessionism and the role of international norms and organizations; an adjusted realist approach that stresses the external threats states perceive; general arguments about the relationship between domestic and international conflict; and a model of ethnic politics and foreign policy developed specifically to address this topic.

The model of ethnic politics and foreign policy focuses on the interests of decision-makers as they are constrained and compelled by the preferences of their supporters. The preferences of these supporters, the constituency of the elite, greatly influence the domestic and foreign policies of the state. In the issue-area of secession, it is assumed that the interests of a politician’s constituents will be determined to a large extent by the ethnic ties shared between the constituents and the various actors in the secessionist crisis. Politicians will generally formulate foreign policies that support the side with whom their constituents share ethnic ties and that are against the side with whom their constituents have a history of ethnic enmity. The intensity of the politicians’ preferences will depend upon whether their constituencies are ethnically heterogeneous and whether they face ethnically-based competition. The less heterogeneous the constituency and the greater the competition, the stronger the preferences will be.

The competing approaches are tested by examining Somalia’s inconsistent irredentism from 1960 to 1990, the Congo Crisis of 1960-1963, the Nigerian Civil War, and the secession of Bangladesh from Pakistan.

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