The Diasporic State: Parallel Politics of the Baluch
Baluchistan People’s Party (BPP)
Chaired by: Jolle Demmers (Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University)
Respondent: Véronique Dudouet (Berghof Foundation)
Nasser Boladai is the spokesperson of the Baluchistan People’s Party (BPP) and a member of the International Committee of the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI). This lecture addresses the Baluch people’s stateless state of being divided across different states, stretching from Iran to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although the Baluch inhabit a territory with vast resources – West Baluchistan produces a startling forty percent of Iran’s energy – only five percent of its population has a gas connection. This demonstrates the deep discrepancy between the material conditions available for a people to gain autonomy, and the structural denial of access to these means. The lecture will examine how regional integration between federal nations of different states can help to build solidarity beyond the state. In addition, it will look into the extent to which a global network of parallel states is capable of addressing regional, national and global issues.
The New World Summit: Stateless State took place at the Royal Flemish Theater in Brussels, Belgium, 19-21 September 2014.