Blog / Brexit

Too Early to Declare Nationalism Resurgent

As post mortems of Britain’s decision to leave the EU have emerged, a particularly compelling and convincing explanation of the result is the resurgence of nationalism.

Nationalism is a notoriously complex phenomenon, but it was perhaps best summarized by the philosopher Ernest Gellner as the “political principle…that the political and the national unit should be …

Blog / International Security

The Transience of Nationalism

Nationalism: a dated parade? Photo Source: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The sceptre of nationalism, the bane of any politics student, continues to be as enigmatic and opaque as ever. In the study of international relations we see the nation barely, through glimpses in chinks of the state’s armour. …