The grievances of Nnamdi Kanu and other Biafran separatist groups are deeply rooted in the failure of the Nigerian state to implement post civil war peacebuilding initiatives.
Instead of fanning the flames, the West needs to be even-handed in bringing the warring sides to the table.
Colonial powers framed secessionism as a threat to state-building and not as an expression of self-determination
Scotland’s renewed push for independence is not only similar to Québec’s — there are also lessons for Scottish politicians in Canadian law on the concept of separation.
Each side in the bloody Nagorno-Karabakh conflict accuses the other of war crimes. Such allegations attract foreign attention and possibly intervention, but rarely lead to a peaceful solution.
There is a growing movement in Sabah and Sarawak for increased sovereignty or outright secession. Many feel the promises of federation haven’t been delivered.
Despite his defense of slavery, the former vice president and US senator from South Carolina has been honored with statues and streets, schools and counties. That’s finally changing.
The African Union’s intervention track record in conflict situations is mixed.
Does South Africa have skeletons in the closet over the death of the UN Secretary-General?
Calls for secession in Ethiopia could destabilise the entire nation.
The already extremely fragile political condition cannot handle any further instability and chaos.
Some human rights activists worry that Cameroon could be the site of Africa’s next civil war.
The former president of Catalonia is in a German prison, awaiting possible extradition to Spain where he faces charges of rebellion.
After the most recent elections, Catalonia’s secessionist coalition is free to form a government. But their president is still exiled in Belgium.
The situation in Catalonia is ripe for widespread civil disobedience against the Spanish government.
Just because the constitution says secession is illegal, it doesn’t mean it is under international law.
The Spanish government is dealing with the Catalonian secession movement in entirely the wrong way. But what would getting it right look like?
Despite the passionate for which they are usually fought, independence movements are rarely successful and their outcomes less than hoped for.
The referendum that wasn’t a referendum can’t have a winner.
Protests are raising tensions in Africa’s most populous country, with agitators and federal troops clashing on the streets. But is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war?