Laia Balcells in Foreign Affairs: “A Way Out of Spain’s Catalan Crisis And Why Madrid Is Unlikely to Take It.”

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Conflict Resolution Professor Laia Balcells writes in Foreign Affairs on the continuing crisis between Spain and secessionists in Catalonia, November 27, 2019.

Catalan independence supporters in Barcelona, September 2015
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Little progress has been made in laying out a path for handling the difference between Spain and Catalan regional secessionists. Without dialogue, the situation is unlikely to improve. However, Madrid has historic and strategic reasons not to talk.