Biafra Separatist Leader Arrested
The fugitive leader of a prominent Biafra secessionist group has been arrested and extradited to Nigeria, in a move likely to inflame separatist unrest in south-east Nigeria. Nnamdi Kanu had been wanted by Nigerian authorities since 2015, when he was charged with terrorism offences and incitement, after broadcasts aired on Radio Biafra, a digital station he founded and ran from his home in Peckham (UK).
De Facto States: Survival and Disappearance
De facto states have been a constant presence in the postwar international order. Some survive for a long period of time. Others are forcefully reintegrated into their parent states, or disappear as a result of peacemaking. Only a few successfully transition to full statehood. What explains these very different outcomes? Adrian Florea of the University of Glasgow pinpoints four crucial factors.
New De Facto State Research Unit in Tartu
In the effort to elucidate and understand de facto states, the University of Tartu (Estonia) recently founded the De Facto State Research Unit. From Somaliland to Transnistria and everywhere in between, their goal is to uncover these hidden spots that may turn out unexpectedly influential in world politics.
The Five Basic Principles of Flag Design
Roman Mars is obsessed with flags—and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology —the study of flags—Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.
The European Republic Is Under Construction
What about an European Republic? Ulrike Guerót, founder of the European Democracy Lab, believes passionately in this political utopia. Listen to her TED-talk, in which she argues that the current European system fails, and that we need to rearrange our national borders along regional levels.
Football with CONIFA
What if you want to play football, but your territory is not recognized by FIFA? You can join CONIFA, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations, which has 58 members up to now. The next CONIFA World Foodball Cup will take place in 2020, but the location is still unknown after Somaliland was striped of hosting rights in August 2019.
Dual Citizenship in De Facto States
The contested nature of de facto states and their acceptance of dual citizenship results in the overlap of multiple citizenship regimes, leading to individuals living in de facto states possessing multiple citizenship statuses. Ramesh Ganohariti of Dublin City University explores the factors that influence the divergent citizenship regimes of Abkhazia and Transnistria.