Journal Articles

Twenty Years On and Twenty Years Ahead

While resistance to HCNM involvement is likely to increase in an era in which sovereignty concerns all too often trump concerns over human and minority rights, this does not make the institution of the HCNM itself irrelevant — on the contrary. I argue in this article that there are three areas in which the HCNM has a future role to play: monitoring, preventive quiet diplomacy, and policy transfer.

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Self-Determination After Kosovo

Using Kosovo as an illustrative case study, this article discusses the meaning of self-determination in its historical and contemporary contexts and examines the different options available for the accommodation of contested self-determination claims.

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South Sudan’s Year One: Managing the Challenges of Building a New State

A year after independence, continuing tension with the North is not the only challenge facing South Sudan. From the uncertain fate of the disputed territory of Abyei and cross-border inter-communal conflicts, to a lack of economic infrastructure and food insecurity, combined with a persistent failure to build successful institutions, South Sudan’s beginning as an independent state is rife with dangers.

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Assessing Regional and International Organizations’ Interventions in Civil Wars: Capabilities and Context

This special issue of Civil Wars on “Assessing Regional and International Organisations’ Interventions in Civil Wars: Capabilities and Context” includes a range of case studies on the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the African Union, and the Organisation of American States. Each case study features a presentation and analysis of empirical data in two dimensions: the organization’s general capabilities to carry out intervention in civil wars and, specific to one particular intervention, the conflict context in which it happened.

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The Merits and Perils of Territorial Accommodation

Subsequently published in Political Studies Review (vol. 9, no. 1, 2011) this review essay discusses three volumes on territorial accommodation as a conflict settlement strategy: Brancati, D. (2009) Peace by Design: Managing Intrastate Conflict through... read more

Albanians in Montenegro: Waiting for Godot?

Co-authored with Cafo Boga and published as a supplement in the Albanian-American Illyria newspaper, this paper looks at the situation of the Albanian community in Montenegro today. Identifying a number of problems in terms of the status of this community and in terms... read more

The Regional Dimensions of State Failure

Published in the Review of International Studies, Vol. 37, Issue 3, this article starts by considering the academic and policy debate on state failure since the early 1990s. Since then, its empirical and analytical sophistication has grown, yet the fact that state... read more

Governing (in) Kirkuk

Published in International Affairs (vol. 86, no. 6, 2010) , this article focuses on the dynamics of the process of settling the status of Kirkuk, principally within the framework of the current Iraqi constitution of 2005 and the 2009 proposals of the United Nations... read more

Paradiplomacy: Scope, Opportunities and Challenges

Published in The SAIS Europe Journal of Global Affairs, vol. 10 (Spring 2007), the overall argument of this article is that rather than seeing paradiplomacy as a threat, it should be embraced as a necessity and opportunity in the process of managing and ultimately... read more

The Institutional Structure of Regional Consociations

Published in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, vol. 10, no. 3, 2004, this article examines regional consociations as institutional designs that combine two elements of traditional conflict resolution approaches: territorial autonomy and consociational power-sharing.... read more

Conflict Management in Northern Ireland

Published in the UNESCO Journal on Multicultural Societies (vol. 4, no. 1, 2002) and subsequently re-printed in Democracy and Human Rights in Multicultural Societies (ed. by Matthias Koenig and Paul de Guchteneire, Ashgate, 2007), this essay analyses the different... read more

Bilateral Ethnopolitics after the Cold War

Published in Perspectives on European Politics and Society (vol. 2, no. 2, 2001), this article, using the relationship between Hungary and Slovakia as a case study, discusses the problems associated with ‘bilateral’ ethnopolitics in the context of... read more

Ethno-territorial Cross-border Conflict in Western Europe

Published in The European Legacy (vol. 4, no. 5, 1999), this article examines the consequences of migration, settlement, and state formation in European history. Particularly in Central and Eastern Europe a succession of empires and wars through the centuries has... read more