Primer

Issues of sovereignty and competing boundary claims

This is the first of 12 primers on current affairs issues that are part of the outreach programme for The Straits Times -Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz.

Sovereign boundaries are important to the construction of a nation-state, in defining its national identity, staking claims to natural resources and in determining citizenship.

Competing claims over territories can become the source of friction between nations, and heightened tensions carry the risk of boiling over into conflicts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2019, with the headline 'Issues of sovereignty and competing boundary claims'. Print Edition | Subscribe