Fighting for Statehood: The Role of Civilian-Based Resistance in the East Timorese, Palestinian, and Kosovo Albanian Self-Determination Movements

Stephan, Maria J.
July 2006
Fletcher Forum of World Affairs;Summer2006, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p57
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the role of civilian-based resistance in three self-determination struggles. It stated that the East Timorese, Palestinians, and Kosovo Albanians fought for sovereign independence against states that occupied, or ruled over the contested territories by force, without the consent of the majority population. The popular first Palestinian Intifada achieved more political gains than guerilla warfare and terrorism had achieved in decades. The Kosovo Albanian nonviolent movement protected a vulnerable population from war while it built an intricate system of social and economic institutions.


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