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Chechen fighters near a downed Russian Mi-8 helicopter near the Chechen capital, Grozny, December 1994.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

From Self-Rule to Slaughter: How Territorial Autonomy Incites State-Led Civilian Killing

Thu., Apr. 13, 2023 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Angela Chesler, Research Fellow, International Security Program

Territorial autonomy is on the rise. More states than ever before are yielding political authority to subnational polities, transforming the fundamental architecture of governance in the modern state. A significant driver of this “devolution revolution” is the perception that territorial autonomy provides a vehicle for peace and democracy in divided societies. Yet, autonomy has proven remarkably deadly in an unexpected way: transitions to territorial self-rule have coincided with new outbreaks of state violence against civilian populations. 

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkfu-srTIrE9TCE1m2-CCtoHyOQk4zYxjk