Dynamics of de facto statehood: the South Caucasian de facto states between secession and sovereignty

Publisert: 3. juni 2012

Scattered across the globe there exist a handful of unrecognized statelets. Although some such entities have proven short-lived, others have demonstrated remarkable tenacity. The South Caucasian de facto states – Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh – have existed for almost 20 years now. This article offers a comparative analysis of how these statelets have attempted to consolidate statehood though processes of state- and nation-building. Despite many outward similarities, both ambitions and outcomes have varied greatly. Interestingly, whether the ultimate goal has been independent statehood or status is seen only as a springboard for unification with ethnic kin does not seem to be a decisive point.

  • Utgivelsesår: 2012
  • DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2012.686013
  • Språk: Engelsk
  • Sider: 281 - 298
  • Volum: 12
  • Hefte: 2
  • Tidsskrift: Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies