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Title: An investigation into corporate and role identities in international relations : the case of the Belize-Guatemala territorial border dispute
Author: Coombs, Jay Andrea
ISNI:       0000 0004 7227 1467
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2017
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In the 19th century, Belize became the centre of a territorial dispute between Britain and Guatemala. Since then, the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute has maintained an obdurate presence, despite Belize's independence from colonial administration by Britain. At Belize's independence, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that both Guatemala and Belize seek a peaceful settlement to their territorial dispute. In this thesis, my goal is to provide an understanding of how this territorial dispute persisted and explain why Belize and Guatemala have not had any success in settling their territorial dispute. In order to address the thesis questions, I look at how border and territorial disputes are treated in International Relations (IR). I draw on the contributions of constructivism to create understandings of the dispute, its context and the social structures in which the states were engaged to seek its settlement. My purpose is to contribute to constructivism by (a) expanding an investigation into the underlying complexities of pursuing mutual constitution in the contexts of a territorial claim, and (b) furthering an examination of how states channel territorial dispute settlement in the processes of identity and interest formation. My use of a constructivist approach provides empirical material that is indicative of the changes in state identities as they form and interact in distinct dispute settlement structures. I contend that, in dispute settlement attempts, Belize and Guatemala interacted in social structures that were supportive of their simultaneous constitution as cooperative and disputing states. These states were subsequently constituted in a settlement structure that reinforced their management of the territorial dispute but which excluded its denaturalization and immediate resolution. In this thesis, the persistence of the territorial dispute was contingent on Belize and Guatemala forming and maintaining state identities that were supportive of settling the territorial dispute and not its management.
Supervisor: Heron, Tony Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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