Secession in the Contemporary World

Ralph Premdas University of the West Indies

Within the recent past, five events in the Sudan, Sri Lanka, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Chechnya, and Xinjiang, China, linked to separatist aspirations, commanded world attention. Most recently, in December 2010, a referendum has finally ended the struggle of the separatists in southern Sudan for a new sovereign state. In August 2008, Russian troops invaded Georgian territory and established two new states in Abkahazia and South Ossetia

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