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2004 - International Studies Association Pages: 34 pages || Words: 12694 words || 
1. Hensel, Paul., Allison, Michael. and Khanani, Ahmed. "The Colonial Legacy and Border Stability: Uti Possidetis and Territorial Claims in the Americas" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Mar 17, 2004 <Not Available>. 2019-10-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The majority of nation-states experienced colonial rule at some point during the last two centuries, with well-studied economic, political, and social consequences after decolonization. This study examines a different form of the colonial legacy, involving the stability of international borders after independence. We present and test three competing expectations about the colonial legacy, focused around the legitimacy of the international norm of uti possidetis juris, postcolonial solidarity, and dependency. We find the most support for the dependency-based argument that colonial legacies have worsened the prospects for former colonies after independence, as territorial claims based on colonial legacies appear to be longer and more militarized than claims that lack such legacies, although such claims are no more likely to produce changes in the territorial status quo. We conclude by discussing how these findings contribute to our understanding of territorial claims and of colonial legacies, as well as by discussing promising directions for future research.

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