Underreported: Limbo States

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Places like Iraqi Kurdistan, Somaliland, and The Republic of Abkhazian may not have a seat at the UN or show up on many maps, but they still act like quasi-countries in the hopes of one day becoming independent. On today’s Underreported segment we’ll look at some of these places with Graeme Wood, a staff editor for The Atlantic. His article "Limbo World" appears in the Jan/Feb issue of Foreign Policy Magazine.


Graeme Wood

Comments [7]

JMC from NYC,

Doesn't Quebec meet the quasi-countries criteria within Canada?

Jan. 22 2010 01:50 PM
hjs from 11211

great point, I agree!

we can solve all these problems

Jan. 21 2010 01:28 PM
Jgarbuz from Queens, NY

I always thought that membership in the UN is supposed to guarantee the territorial integrity of its members. But that rule was totally torn asunder when Yugoslavia was allowed to fall apart. Now separatists movements all over, including the Lakota Sioux here in the Dakotas can take heart.

Jan. 21 2010 12:33 PM
Jgarbuz from Queens, NY

Why is the world so focused on independence for the Palestianians when true nations, such as the Kurds and other being mentioned, are still denied sovereignty and even autonomy in many cases?

Jan. 21 2010 12:31 PM
lynn from queens

So do these places separate themselves because they are the wealthier or higher class? Are these like gated communities in the U.S.?

Jan. 21 2010 12:28 PM
Gary from Upper Left Side

The U.S. has a "limbo state": it's called The South!

Jan. 21 2010 12:25 PM
George from Bay Ridge

What about Western Sahara, also known as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, as a state?

Currently it is part of Morocco and Western Sahara has been on the United Nations list of non-self-governing territories since the 1960s when it was a Spanish colony. There is the dispute between the Polisario Front and the government of Morocco and 43 states and the African Union recognize the SADR.

I am not affiliated with any group.

Jan. 21 2010 12:41 AM

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