v15_2004h - The Decolonization of Chechnya: Reviving the UN...

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121 The Decolonization of Chechnya: Reviving the UN Trusteeship Council 7 7 Julie M. Tremper is a Master of Arts candidate at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver (jtremper@du.edu). T HE D ECOLONIZATION OF C HECHNYA : R EVIVING THE UN T RUSTEESHIP C OUNCIL Julie M. Tremper The Russian-Chechen confict represents an urgent problem For the international community. Domestic and regional eFForts have Failed to secure a satisFactory or lasting resolution to it, and terrorist activity, gross human rights violations, the pro- liFeration oF Wahhabism, and regional security concerns have led to the internationalization oF the Chechen question. There are several potential statehood or non-statehood approaches to the resolution oF the confict. Given the history oF hostility between Russia and Chechnya and the character oF the cur- rent international environment, the best approach would be to revive the UN Trusteeship Council and give it responsibility For overseeing a transition leading to Chechen independence. This revival and application oF UN trusteeship would require a rede±nition oF the trust system in a post-colonial context. In the case oF Chechnya, the need For peace and stability should supersede the international community’s usual aversion to the creation oF a new nation-state. I NTRODUCTION Chechnya represents an emerging and growing problem For the inter- national community. In an era marked by international terrorism and a wish to avoid state breakdown, there are no simple ways to alleviate the Journal of Public and International Affairs, Volume 15/Spring 2004 Copyright © 2004, the Trustees oF Princeton University http://www.princeton.edu/~jpia
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122 Julie M. Tremper tensions and violence between Russia and its Chechen minority. Plagued by past and current conficts, the Russians and Chechens appear unable to resolve their diFFerences without intervention by a third party. All do- mestic and regional eFForts have Failed to yield satisFactory results. The global war on terror and the infuence oF Wahhabi and other Islamic Fundamentalists in Chechnya bear primary responsibility For transForming this confict From one that was domestic or regional in scope to one that has an international character. The international community will only be able to intervene eFFectively in the confict iF it is equipped with a well-constructed plan For addressing the status oF Chechnya in relation to Russia. At present, the international community is limited to two major strategies with the potential to succeed, either a system oF autonomy or a trusteeship leading to independence and statehood. Given the historic dimensions oF this issue and the current international Focus on terrorism, a UN-administered trusteeship is the most appropriate and Feasible mechanism For the ultimate resolution oF the Chechen question. T
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