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Territorial Integrity vs. Self Determination

Territorial Integrity vs. Self Determination

  • Territorial Integrity

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Self Determination

    Votes: 1 100.0%

  • Total voters


Aug 8, 2005
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Ontario, Canada
Political Leaning
Slightly Liberal
Which of the two do you feel should be given preference in times of conflict?

Territorial Integrity
Respect for international borders and non-interference with internal affairs in ways that could undermine national stability.

Self Determination
Respect for the right of individuals/groups to express their own interests, even if it destabilizes or leads to dissolution of an existing nation.
It's not that simple, because every conflict is unique. Sometimes territorial integrity is more important (think Iraq), and sometimes self-determination is more important (think Ukraine), at least in terms of American interests.
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