Nationalism

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Ethiopia’s Tigray War Is Fueling Amhara Expansionism

Abiy Ahmed depends on the support of ethnic Amhara leaders and militias whose goal is to reconquer what they consider lost territories—from Tigray to Sudan.

Nationalists and Loyalists riot at the Peace Wall gates which divide the two communities on April 7 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

How Brexit Lit the Fuse in Northern Ireland

Loyalist fears that Boris Johnson is abandoning them have sparked a wave of violence that could endanger the Good Friday Agreement.

A self-identified member of the Patriot movement flies an upside-down U.S. flag in Olympia, Washington, on Feb. 6.

Presumptive Patriotism, the United States’ Greatest Blindspot

The unquestioned assumption that some groups are more “patriotic” leads to dangerous security risks.

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How to Stop Ethnic Nationalism From Tearing Ethiopia Apart

The 1994 Ethiopian Constitution celebrated self-determination, but it laid the groundwork for today’s violence. Devolution could offer a way out.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks at a press conference after a meeting about the COVID-19 outbreak at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva on June 25, 2020.

Vaccine Nationalism Harms Everyone and Protects No One

The World Health Organization’s chief argues that hoarding vaccines isn’t just immoral—it’s medically self-defeating.

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A New Pivot to Asia

The fuzzy goodwill between Biden and America’s Asian allies will soon be tested by China’s growing power.

A young man pushes a cart in front of Tigrayan flags at Martyrs Square in the city of Mekelle, on Sept. 9, 2020.

The War in Tigray Is a Fight Over Ethiopia’s Past—and Future

The current conflict is the latest battle in a long-running war over the country’s identity as a unitary or federal state. The United States can restore its credibility as an honest broker by helping resolve it.

Youth from the Sidama ethnic group, the largest in southern Ethiopia, ride in the back of a truck during celebrations over plans by local elders to declare the establishment of a breakaway region for the Sidama later this week, in Awasa, Ethiopia on July 15, 2019.

It’s Not Too Late to Stop the Ethiopian Civil War From Becoming a Broader Ethnic Conflict

Western and regional powers are more divided than they were during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, but they can still exert influence to prevent the fragmentation of Ethiopia’s federal system.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at the crowd during celebrations of the country's 73rd Independence Day, at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15, 2019.

Asian Nationalists Hold the Key to a More Effective U.S. China Strategy

Missing in the current U.S. debate on China is the question of Asian nationalism and how the United States could profitably align with it.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies via videoconference on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 29.

Big Tech Embraces New Cold War Nationalism

China’s rise has pushed Silicon Valley away from the values it once claimed to hold.

A pilot arrives at Heathrow airport in London on June 8.

The World Needs to Reopen Borders Before It’s Too Late

Even as they struggle to control the pandemic, governments should move quickly to reopen borders instead of giving in to xenophobia, nationalism, and illusions of autarky.

A Muslim family offers a special prayer in their home during the Eid-al-Fitr festival.

India’s Islamophobia Creeps Into Nepal

Nationalist media and pandemic fears have caused hatred to go viral.

Riot police stand guard during a protest against a planned national security law in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on May 27.

China’s Surging Nationalism Has Claimed Hong Kong

The new national security measures won’t be the end of Beijing’s belligerence.

Muslim women walk in front of paramilitary personnel during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, on April 12.

India Is Scapegoating Muslims for the Spread of the Coronavirus

The pandemic has provided fresh opportunity for Hindu nationalists to beat down an already disadvantaged minority group.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his annual state of the nation speech in front of Fidesz party members.

Nationalists Claim They Want to Redefine Conservatism, but They’re Not Sure What It Is

A February gathering in Rome outlined a muddled vision for the future, claiming the mantle of Ronald Reagan and St. John Paul II while indulging the far-right.

A Muslim man walks inside a burned house in a riot-affected area in New Delhi on March 1, 2020, after violence broke out in India's capital.

In Delhi, First Came the Pogroms. Then Came Coronavirus.

For Indian Muslims forced from their homes by mob violence, not even displaced persons camps can protect them now.

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The Coronavirus Is Killing Globalization as We Know It

The outbreak has been a gift to nativist nationalists and protectionists, and it is likely to have a long-term impact on the free movement of people and goods.

Mourners gather around the body of Mohammed Mudasir, who died in sectarian riots in New Delhi

India’s Muslims Accuse Police of Targeted Killings

As protests against a new citizenship law sweep the country, signs that the authorities are condoning and even instigating violence have India’s Muslims alarmed.

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Ireland’s Populists Are Not Really Populist

After decades of militant radicalism, Sinn Fein won last week’s elections by moving toward the mainstream.

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The 3 Most Polarizing Words in India

“Jai Shri Ram” was meant to be a celebration of a Hindu deity. But the phrase is turning into hate speech—and a dog whistle for attacks on Muslims.