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Break all the BordersSeparatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East$
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Ariel I. Ahram

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190917371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190917371.001.0001

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The Ends of Separatism in the Arab World

(p.199) Conclusion
Break all the Borders

Ariel I. Ahram

Oxford University Press

The conclusion takes a step back to examine the ultimate ends of separatist conflicts and efforts to break international borders. They struggle to realize the revolutionary potential of the Wilsonian moment in the Arab world remains unfulfilled. Separatists have tried, in various ways, to earn sovereignty. But it is up to the international community to form a new consensus about sovereignty, statehood, and the rights of peoples to self-determination. Without such a consensus, the states in the Arab world are likely to crumble, leaving an even more chaotic outcome than the prospects of allowing separatists to adjust borders and build new states. New political forms centered on tribes, clans, religious communities, and business networks, though, may emerge that offer a different kind of stability.

Keywords:   Islamic State, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Wilsonianism, sovereignty, self-determination, civil war, intervention

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