Debating partition : justifications and critiques

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Title: Debating partition : justifications and critiques
Authors: O'Leary, Brendan
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2172
Date: 2006
Abstract: Political partitions—fresh political borders cut through at least one community’s homeland—have been regularly commended to resolve national, ethnic and communal conflicts. The strongest five political arguments in their favor are presented in this article. The neglected question of how partitions may be implemented is also considered. Then the seven most powerful political arguments of anti-partitionists are treated. Partition should only be considered when there is a high degree of confidence that genocide or mass expulsions will occur, and its proponents should consider that preparing for partition may precipitate the awful outcomes it is nominally intended to prevent.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Copyright (published version): The author, 2006
Keywords: Partition;Borders;Boundaries;Conflict
Subject LCSH: Partition, Territorial
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Revised version of portion of a paper presented at final conference of the Mapping frontiers, plotting pathways: routes to North-South cooperation in a divided island programme, City Hotel, Armagh, 19-20 January 2006
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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