The Age of Nationalism

Nation-states, and conflicts centering on them, remain the defining features of our time.

Issue: September-October 2013

THE URGE to apply era-defining labels to global affairs is strong and enduring. A label and a few easy-to-understand attributes associated with it can impart a reassuring simplicity to what is actually a complex and often-intractable reality. While the disadvantages of era labeling, including oversimplification, are probably as great as the advantages, the practice is here to stay.

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