Settlers in Contested Lands: Territorial Disputes and Ethnic Conflict
Oded Haklai, Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University, Ontario
Neophytos Loizides, Reader, University of Kent; Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow
Madurika Rasaratnam, Lecturer, International Conflict Analysis, University of Kent
Chair: Evangelos Liaras, IE University, Madrid; Academy Associate, Chatham House
This panel will discuss the phenomenon of settlement and the role of settlers in modern conflicts, drawing from recently published work on Israel and the West Bank, Turkish settlers in Cyprus and government run farmer settlement schemes in Sri Lanka.
The panelists, experts in the respective cases, will analyse the role of settlers in mobilization and violence, the conceptual framing of settlement during negotiations and the clash of legal principles versus pragmatism for the resolution of these conflicts. Looking beyond these specific cases, the panel will also raise larger questions about settlers and settlement in international politics.