Convergent Narrative of Sensitive Territories and Reconciliation
Maturing theoretical approaches have addressed the fact that “wars are usually concentrated among neighbors” (Vasquez, 1995). Therefore, neighbor countries are more likely to become enemies due to territorial disputes. Given that there is a strong tendency of neighbors to go to war with each other, I raise the following question regarding the opposite scenario: whether there is also a correlation between agreement on territorial issues and reconciliation. Hostility could be accumulated by territorial disagreement, while it could also be reduced by agreement on nationhood and peoplehood of the sensitive territories (Groen, 1998a). In this sense, emotion out of a “territorial bounded identity” acts as a motivator for countries to implement or block reconciliation processes.
KeywordsTerritorial Dispute Cultural Assimilation Identity Conflict Taiwan Regime Taiwan Issue
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