MINELRES: New book: Asymmetric Autonomy and the Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts

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Thu May 27 21:34:21 2010


Original sender: Stephanie Brown <browns2@pobox.upenn.edu>


The University of Pennsylvania Press is pleased to announce the release 
of Asymmetric Autonomy and the Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts,
edited by Marc Weller and Katherine Nobbs.

Asymmetric Autonomy and the Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts 
(http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/14757.html) assesses the ability of 
such power distribution arrangements to resolve violent struggles 
between central governments and separatist groups. This collection of 
new case studies from around the world covers a host of important 
developments, from recentralization in Russia, to "one country, two 
systems" in China, to constitutional innovation in Iraq. As a whole, 
these essays examine how well asymmetric autonomy agreements can bring 
protracted and bloody conflicts to an end, satisfy the demands of both 
sides, guarantee the physical integrity of a state, and ensure peace and 
stability. Contributors to this book also analyze the many problems and 
dilemmas that can arise when autonomous regions are formed. For example, 
powers may be loosely defined or unrealistically assigned to the state 
within a state. Redrawn boundaries can create new minorities and make 
other groups vulnerable to human rights violations. Given the number of 
limited self-determination systems in place, the essays in this volume 
present varied evaluations of these political structures.

Asymmetric state agreements have the potential to remedy some of 
humanity's most intractable disputes. In Asymmetric Autonomy and the 
Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts, leading political scientists and 
diplomatic experts shed new light on the practical consequences of these 
settlements and offer sophisticated frameworks for understanding this 
path toward lasting peace.

Marc Weller is Reader in International Law at the University of 
Cambridge, Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and 
former Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues. Katherine 
Nobbs is Research Associate and Legal Adviser at the European Centre for 
Minority Issues.

Asymmetric Autonomy and the Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts is in the 
Penn Press series National and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century.
2010 | 360 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 illus.
ISBN 978-0-8122-4230-0 | Cloth | $59.95s | 39.00

-- 
Stephanie Brown
Electronic Promotions Coordinator
University of Pennsylvania Press
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