The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy, and International Conflict

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Overview

Ethnic conflicts have created crises within NATO and between NATO and Russia, produced massive flows of refugees, destabilized neighboring countries, and increased the risk of nuclear war between Pakistan and India. Interventions have cost the United States, the United Nations, and other actors billions of dollars.

While scholars and policymakers have devoted considerable attention to this issue, the question of why states take sides in other countries' ethnic conflicts has largely been ignored. Most attention has been directed at debating the value of particular techniques to manage ethnic conflict, including partition, prevention, mediation, intervention, and the like. However, as the Kosovo dispute demonstrated, one of the biggest obstacles to resolving ethnic conflicts is getting the outside actors to cooperate. This book addresses this question.

Saideman argues that domestic political competition compels countries to support the side of an ethnic conflict with which constituents share ethnicities. He applies this argument to the Congo Crisis, the Nigerian Civil War, and Yugoslavia's civil wars. He then applies quantitative analyses to ethnic conflicts in the 1990s. Finally, he discusses recent events in Kosovo and whether the findings of these case studies apply more broadly.

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Saideman focuses on the foreign policies of states toward ethnic conflict, and the support they give to an ethnic group or the state it opposes. He discusses competing explanations for why states support some ethnic groups but not others, and then tests these explanations through qualitative and quantitative analyses. He argues that the international dynamics of current ethnic conflicts are similar to those of the past, and examines in detail three conflicts from recent decades: the Congo Crisis of 1960-1963, the Nigerian Civil War of 1967-1970, and the demise of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231122290
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/11/2001
  • Series: International Relations Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Saideman is an assistant professor of political science at Texas Tech University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Introduction: The Problem-Why do States Take Sides in Ethnic Conflicts? 2. Explaining the International Relations of Ethnic Conflict3. Understanding the Congo Crisis, 1960-19634. Religious Ties and the Nigerian Civil War, 1967-19705. The International Relations of Yugoslavia's Demise, 1991-19956. Quantitative Analyses of Ethnic Conflict's International Relations7. Findings, Future Directions and Policy Dilemmas

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