Shameer Modongal
Shameer Modongal is a Research Scholar, in the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament in the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Email: shameernoorani@gmail.com
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Journal of Liberty and International Affairs | Vol. 3, No. 1 | May 2017
Shameer Modongal
This paper analyzes the importance of self-determination in international relations. It explains the puzzle why some small regions or group of people are ready to be small states by separating from big powerful states. The self-determination of a nation is preferable to the people than a military power of the large state. The military power of a state may not translate into a better life of people. So people’s empowerment cannot be treated the necessary outcome of state’s military power. When one group of people feel as marginalized in national policy making and its implications, they show a secessionist tendency. This paper contends that people may prefer their ideology, identity and self-determination than the power of the state
Identity Politics; International Relations; Power; Secessionist Movements; Self-Determination

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