Workshop: The Perils and Promises of Self-Determination in the Twenty-First Century
The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will sponsor a colloquium, “The Perils and Promises of Self-Determination in the Twenty-First Century” on April 28, 2014 at Princeton University. Twelve leading scholars on self-determination will participate in the discussions. To attend, RSVP to Angella Matheney.
The seminar will address the important transformations of self-determination in the twenty-first century from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The colloquium will revisit historical tensions, including peoplehood, territorial integrity, sectarianism, ethnic conflict, globalization, ICT, cultural-religious dimensions, strategic issues, secessionism and generational dimensions, and how changes since the Fall of the Wall in 1989 have reshaped these developments and engendered new ones. While self-determination spells both perils and promise, colloquium participants will investigate how novel structures, instruments, and actors pull and push one way or the other.
Audio-streaming of the workshop talks and discussions will be available. If you would like to address a question to the participants during the workshop, please tweet questions and comments @PrincetonLISD or send by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, April 28
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Founding Director, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, Chair
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session I. Self-Determination and the End of History
Aviel Roshwald, Department of History / Georgetown University
The Daily Plebiscite as 21st-Century Reality
Uriel Abulof, LISD / Princeton University & Politics / Tel-Aviv University
We the Peoples? The Taming of Self-Determination
Oded Haklai, Political Studies / Queen's University
Self-Determination in the Post-State Formation Era: New Directions for an International Order Principle in the 21st Century
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Session II. The Dangers of Self-Determination
Amitai Etzioni, International Affairs / George Washington University
The Evils of Self-Determination
Mark R. Beissinger, Politics / Princeton University
Self-Determination as Pretext for Imperialism: The Russian Experience
Bernard Yack, Politics / Brandeis University
What's Wrong with National Rights
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Session III. Self-Determination and the Politics of Identity
Mikulas Fabry, International Affairs / Georgia Institute of Technology
The Right to Self-Determination as a Claim to Independence in International Relations Practice
Outi Keranen, Political Science / University College London
Legitimizing Self-Determination in the Case of Sub-State National Groups: An Analysis of Kurdish Groups and Bosnian Serbs
Elise Giuliano, International Relations and Comparative Politics / Columbia University
Federalism as a Solution to Ethnic Secession and Ethnic Conflict in Multinational States?
Ethnic Interests and Ethnic Groups as Political Actors
IIan Peleg, Government & Law / Lafayette College
Self-Determination and Majority-Minority Relations in Deeply Divided Societies: A Comparative Analytical Framework
Tuesday, April 29
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Session IV. Self-Determining the State
Benny Miller, Politics, Haifa University
Stateness, National Self-determination and War and Peace in the 21st Century
Matt Qvortrup, Management and Security / Cranfield University
Referendums: Between the Rule of Law and Realpolitik
Karl Cordell, School of Government / Plymouth University
Self-Determination in the Twenty-First Century: Some Observations
Montserrat Guibernau, Politics, Queen Mary University of London
The Consequences of Democracy: On Catalonia’s Self-Determination
Session V. The Future of Self-Determination / Lunch Discussion
Session VI. Self-Determination Crises / Discussion with Visiting UN Delegations
Uriel Abulof and Wolfgang Danspeckgruber