Partition (politics)

Partition (Politics)

Partition (politics)

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In politics, a partition is a change of political borders cutting through at least one territory considered a homeland by some community. That change is done primarily by diplomatic means, and use of military force is negligible.

Common arguments for partitions include:
  • historicist — that partition is inevitable, or already in progress
  • last resort — that partition should be pursued to avoid the worst outcomes (genocide or large-scale ethnic expulsion), if all other means fail
  • cost-benefit — that partition offers a better prospect of conflict reduction than the if existing borders are not changed
  • better tomorrow — that partition will reduce current violence and conflict, and that the new more homogenized states will be more stable
  • rigorous end — heterogeneity leads to problems, hence homogeneous states should be the goal of any policy

Common arguments against include:
  • It disrupts functioning and traditional state entities
  • It creates enormous human suffering
  • It creates new grievances that could eventually lead to more deadly violence, such as the Korean and Vietnam wars.
  • It prioritizes race and ethnicity to a level acceptable only to an apartheid regime
  • The international system is very reluctant to accept the idea of partition in deeply divided societies


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