• Dawn Walsh
Part of the Federalism and Internal Conflicts book series (FEINCO)


The conclusion compares the experiences of the five countries examined in the book. Through this comparison findings are presented as to the strengths and weaknesses of different guarantees. It then explores the role of international guarantees highlighting how such supports can prevent the recurrence of violence in the short and medium term but that in the long-term legitimacy concerns arise and self-interest undermine these guarantees. Finally, it advises domestic and international actors to (1) avoid ambiguity which encourages competing and incompatible interpretations of how the TSG should operate, (2) to focus guarantee mechanisms on avoiding both secession and re-centralisation, (3) to keep in mind the potential destabilising effect of pursuing policies driven by wider economic and security concerns.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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