The police crackdown that Spain’s government carried out in Catalonia to stop the region's independence referendum has drawn criticism of both the Spanish authorities and Catalan regional officials for holding the vote. So when is secession legitimate?
- Joseph Nye shows why the right of national self-determination falls short of being a primary moral principle.
- Ana Palacio thinks that recognizing Catalonia's "right to decide" on secession would shatter the Spanish constitutional order.
- Richard N. Haass argues that Europe and America should support the Iraqi Kurds, because they meet the key criteria for statehood.