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Good Fences, Bad Neighbors
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Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict

Boaz Atzili

Abstract

Border fixity—the proscription of foreign conquest and the annexation of homeland territory—has, since World War II, become a powerful norm in world politics. This development has been said to increase stability and peace in international relations. Yet, in a world in which it is unacceptable to challenge international borders by force, sociopolitically weak states remain a significant source of widespread conflict, war, and instability. This book argues that the process of state building has long been influenced by external territorial pressures and competition, with the absence of border fix ... More

Keywords: border fixity, foreign conquest, annexation, homeland territory, stability, peace, international relations, international borders, weak states, conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226031354
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226031378.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Boaz Atzili, author