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Nationalism, Self-determination, and the Doctrine of Territorial Unity

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The grumbling dispute between the United States of America and Turkey in run-up to the Iraq war over the future status of Kurdish-occupied region provides a contemporary illustration of both the need for complex power-sharing as a solution to self-determination disputes and continuing political difficulties in achieving it. The need to reassure Turkey led those charged with framing a new Iraqi constitution towards a de-centralized powersharing solution that would guarantee continued autonomy for Kurds while meeting the international commitment to maintain Iraq's territorial unity. In order to understand the problems, as well as the prospects for diverting such disputes away from secessionist and other forms of civil conflict, we need to ask first why self-determination claims more often than not become part of the problem than of the solution. The answer lies in two deeply etched features of international landscape: the central role of sovereignty and contested nature of nationalism.

Keywords: Iraq; nationalism; power-sharing; self-determination disputes; sovereignty; territorial unity; Turkey; United States of America



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