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Scottish Parliament election reaction

Scotland’s Approach to Human Rights and Foreign Policy

As the dust settles on the Scottish elections, Kurt Mills, Andrea Birdsall and Naomi McAuliffe reflect on the manifesto commitments the parties made to external relations and human rights. They expect to see a progressive and engaged Scotland that supports human rights domestically and internationally, even if the key fault line of independence continues to divide the population.
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Party Manifesto Support for a Scottish Council on Global Affairs

Professor Juliet Kaarbo, Professor Peter Jackson and Professor Phillips O’Brien discuss the potential of a Scottish Council on Global Affairs:- what it is, what it would do and the level of cross-party support for the initiative.
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Comparative Perspectives on Secession series: The politics of constitutional reform and secession in Canada and Spain

In the first in our Comparative Perspectives on Secession series, join our panel as they provide comparative context to the UK constitutional debate, with reflections from Canada and Spain.
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Opinion: 2021 Catalan Election

Catalan regional election took place on Sunday (14 February) with pro-independence parties increasing their overall majority. This election saw the lowest turnout on record, but this does not take away from the constitutional significance of the vote. CCC's Daniel Cetrà and Michael Keating give their views. 
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Shades of Solidarity: Comparing Scottish and Flemish Responses to the Catalan Referendum

From their recently published article, Judith Sijstermans (University of Birmingham) and Coree Brown Swan (Centre on Constitutional Change) examine how European sub-state nationalist parties, specifically the Flemish Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA) and the Scottish National Party (SNP), provided support and solidarity throughout the 2017 Catalan referendum.
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South Tyrol: Minority Identities beyond Linguistic Divisions

In this, our last installment from our collaboration with H-Nationalism, Patrick Utz (University of Edinburgh) explores national identities in South Tyrol in the 20th and 21st century. 
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The Populism and Sub-State Nationalism Nexus in Flanders

Judith Sijsterman details how the Flemish sub-state approach has incorporated populist narratives and how this populist turn has led to the adoption of an identitarian approach.
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Catalonia Three Years After the Independence Referendum

Daniel Cetrà provides an update three years after the Catalonian Independence Referendum and asks what might Scottish Unionists and nationalists learn from the Catalan experience?
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Hong Kong’s National Security Law: weaponizing the constitution, securitizing authoritarianism

Jean-François Dupré discusses recent events in Hong Kong, where the central government has undertaken to impose its National Security Law (NSL). What is the likely impact on the democracy movement and Hong Kong's constitution?