The South Caucasus after Kosovo: Renewed Independence Hopes?

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The recognition of Kosovo did not go unnoticed in other aspiring states, but did it necessarily lead to renewed hopes for independence? Drawing on interviews with key actors, this essay analyses its effect in Nagorno-Karabakh. It finds that separatist demands are shaped by a complex interplay of external and
internal forces, including international norms and practices. This explains the rather surprising finding that the Karabakh leaders in response to the recognitions of Kosovo, Abkhazia and South Ossetia gave up on recognition, at least temporarily, and instead started championing non-recognition as an attractive, sustainable status.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-945
JournalEurope-Asia studies
Issue number5
Early online date1 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

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