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Continuing Tension in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip

By Martin W. Lewis | April 23, 2012 | 5 Comments

Namibia is generally regarded as one of the most successful states of sub-Saharan Africa, with a stable, relatively democratic government, a high degree of press freedom, and a political-economic system that successfully translates wealth in natural resources (diamonds particularly) into broad-based gains in human wellbeing. Just this month, for example, Namibia announced that that it will be able to bring electricity to all rural schools in the country within five years, which would be a significant accomplishment in such a large, sparsely settled country.

Somaliland’s Sovereignty and the Pandora Thesis

By Martin W. Lewis | May 18, 2010 | 3 Comments

Those opposed to diplomatic recognition of Somaliland often warn that violent secession movements could break out in other countries if separatist leaders see the possibility of gaining international legitimacy. The frequently deployed Pandora’s Box metaphor attributes substantial powers to diplomatic actions: by withholding

The Republic of Lakotah, The Alaskan Independence Party, and the Second Vermont Republic

By Martin W. Lewis | March 31, 2010 | 3 Comments

Many Native Americans are worried about the reduction of tribal sovereignty. A few are so angry at the United States that they have declared independence. In 2007, Russell Means and a few other Lakota (Sioux) activists delivered formal papers of separation in Washington, D.C. They insisted that their self-proclaimed Republic of Lakotah was not seceding

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