Co–edited with Annemarie Peen Rodt, this special issue was published by Europe-Asia Studies (vol. 65, no. 5, 2013). It presents the results of several years of collaborative work among the contributing authors who first discussed individual papers at a workshop at the International Institute for Strategic Studies at Arundel House London on 13 December 2010. The workshop was organised by the Political Studies Association’s Specialist Group on Ethnopolitics and funded jointly by the Political Studies Association of the UK, its Specialist Group on Ethnopolitics, the Department of Political Science and International Studies and the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham, the Exeter Centre of Ethnopolitical Studies and the School of Management at the University of Plymouth.