New book "De Facto States and Land-for-Peace Agreements" by Eiki Berg and Sphend Kursani
This book presents an analytical framework which assesses how 'land-for-peace' agreements can be achieved in the context of territorial conflicts between de facto states and their respective parent states.
"Land for peace agreements have fallen out of favour in modern international relations. The idea of trading territory to resolve longstanding disputes is seen as passé at best, if not an affront to norms of contemporary peace-making. But is this preventing the settlements of many conflicts? Using real case studies, this ground-breaking work opens up a much needed conceptual and practical debate about the role of land for agreements in contemporary conflict resolution practices."
James Ker-Lindsay, London School Economics and Political Science, UK
The volume examines geographic solutions to resolving ongoing conflicts that stand between the principle of self-determination (prompted by de facto states) and the principle of territorial integrity (prompted by parent states). The authors investigate the conditions under which territorial adjustments can bring about a possibility for peace between de facto states and their parent states. It does so by interrogating the possibility of land-for-peace agreements in four de facto state–parent state pairs, namely Kosovo–Serbia, Nagorno–Karabakh–Azerbaijan, Northern Cyprus–Republic of Cyprus, and Abkhazia–Georgia. The book suggests that the value that parties put on land to be exchanged and peace to be achieved stand at odds for land-for-peace agreements to materialise. The book brings theoretical and empirical insights that open several avenues for discussions on the conservative stance that the international community has held on territorial changes in the post-1945 international order.
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