International Organizations and Statehood Conflicts

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Statehood conflicts are conflicts emanating from
incompatible claims to and substantial efforts at
statehood over the same territory. The main actors
involved are the different claimants to statehood,
usually but not always a recognized state and a
group that seeks secession from it. While often
defined by intractability, typical solutions of such
conflicts include forceful or peaceful (re)integration
to the parent state or, more rarely, independent
statehood. International organizations are
usually involved through conflict prevention,
management, and resolution and, by doing
so, constitute major external actors to such
conflicts. Their involvement carries important
consequences for statehood conflicts, specifically
which statehood claims are supported or not
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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