A sign in Newry, Northern Ireland, on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, spray-painted with the initials of the Irish Republican Army on December 17, 2019. Photo: AP A sign in Newry, Northern Ireland, on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, spray-painted with the initials of the Irish Republican Army on December 17, 2019. Photo: AP
A sign in Newry, Northern Ireland, on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, spray-painted with the initials of the Irish Republican Army on December 17, 2019. Photo: AP
David A. Rezvani
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David A. Rezvani

Hong Kong national security law: Britain’s Northern Ireland troubles offer lessons for China

  • Unlike the actions of states with sham autonomous territories, Britain’s interventions were in keeping with principles that supported long-term local autonomy
  • If China is serious about sustaining Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and calming critics at home and abroad, it would do well to provide greater assurances

A sign in Newry, Northern Ireland, on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, spray-painted with the initials of the Irish Republican Army on December 17, 2019. Photo: AP A sign in Newry, Northern Ireland, on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, spray-painted with the initials of the Irish Republican Army on December 17, 2019. Photo: AP
A sign in Newry, Northern Ireland, on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, spray-painted with the initials of the Irish Republican Army on December 17, 2019. Photo: AP
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David A. Rezvani

David A. Rezvani

David A. Rezvani, D.Phil. Oxford University, teaches at Dartmouth College. He is the author of "Surpassing the Sovereign State: The Wealth, Self-Rule, and Security Advantages of Partially Independent Territories" (Oxford University Press, 2014). He is working on a new book on Hong Kong’s autonomous status amidst Chinese authoritarian rule.