Beyond independence, the consequences of such a vote are various and far-reaching: social divisions, economic uncertainty, the role in partnerships and alliances, the creation of legal and political precedents, and philosophically, the debate between legality and legitimacy of the results. In the build-up to the Scottish referendum on independence, the Modern Security Consulting Group MOSECON GmbH and partner d|part hosted on September 15, 2014, the MOSECON Luncheon #05 to discuss the implications of this vote. We shared the experiences of regions with autonomous and independent ambitions – Québec, Catalonia, Kurdistan among others – and how these experiences can help us better understand the stakes of the referendum, as well as grasp the consequences of Scotland's choice in Europe and for other regions seeking independence around the world. You can watch the full video below.

Speakers:

  • Jan Eichhorn, Research Director d|part, Chancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh Dr Jan Eichhorn is d|part’s Director of Research and one of its partners. He coordinates the development of innovative research proposals in cooperation with external partners from academia and practitioner groups. His research is focussed mainly on political participation and culture, often comparing different European countries. In the context of the Scottish referendum on independence Jan coordinates projects funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. In these projects the attitudes of the Scottish population are analysed based on representative social surveys. To make research relevant to practice, he has also been advising governments and media in participation questions and has run events.
  • John MacInnes, Research Areas: National Identity in Scotland and Catalonia, University of Edinburgh John MacInnes is Professor of Sociology at Edinburgh University and for many years was an Honorary Fellow at the Centre d'Estudis Demogràfics at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Catalonia and Scotland are frequently compared: They both enjoy substantial legislative, executive and administrative autonomy within their states, have been governed by successful nationalist parties who seek independence from their states, have support for independence that varies between one third and one half of the electorate, have their own mass media, and many less important similarities. However they could hardly be more different. The different origins and trajectories of their respective nationalisms explain why Westminster is relaxed about the prospect of Scottish secession, while Madrid has declared any referendum illegal, and some more excitable deputies have spoken of putting tanks on the streets.
  • Maxime Laporte, Président Société Saint Jean-Baptiste, Québec Actively involved in Québec politics for many years, Maxime Laporte became the youngest president in the history of Québec's oldest pro-independence organisation, the Société St-Jean-Baptiste (SSJB) in 2014. A lawyer by trade, he is also very involved with Québec civil society organisations that support charity work and the pro-independence movement.
  • Birgit Ammann, Professor for Political Sciences at FH Potsdam Prof. Dr. Birgit Ammann teaches Political Sciences at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences also works at the European Center for Kurdish Studies. She studied Social Sciences in Munich, Boston and Berlin and has published and held numerous articles and presentations on different Kurdish topics since the eighties.
  • Martí Estruch Axmacher, International Press Officer, Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia
  • Martí Estruch Axmacher is a journalist and director of the International Program of Communication and Public Relations Eugeni Xammar of the Catalan Government. Previously he had been the Head of the Government Delegation to Germany (2008-2011), where he explained the Catalan reality to the German media, among other functions. He has worked as a journalist for several Catalan media as well as Press Officer for various institutions.
Following the summer break, the MOSECON Luncheon returned on September 15 with a discussion on the topic of the Scottish referendum on independence, held on September 18. For this occasion, our panellists were invited to discuss the situation in Scotland, Catalonia, Québec and Kurdistan and provide insight based on their own experiences and their perception of the Scottish event. You can read the recap here. Watch the full event below.