Unrecognized States in Africa

Post-war juridical sovereignty has been hell of a drug. For a region with a lot of weak states and so-called “artificial borders” Africa has seen almost no substantial revision of state boundaries or the creation of new states (and not for lack of irredentist and secession movements…)

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Only South Sudan and Eritrea have managed to successfully secede and gain international recognition. Somaliland comes close. And while the Sahrawi Republic is recognized by the African Union, it still lacks robust international recognition. Apartheid South Africa stands out as the only state to voluntarily reorder its geographical integrity by creating new vassal statelets within its domain for its own racist ends.

H/T Paul D. Williams

2 thoughts on “Unrecognized States in Africa

  1. I’m genuinely interested in the source or reason why the “Republic of Jubaland” is listed. I’m pretty familiar with Somalia, and have never understood Jubaland as wanting to secede. However, the Jubilee government has expressed keen interest in creating a buffer zone, but I don’t think that translates to them even advocating for the creation of new state.

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