Category: Nationalism and Populism

The “Sardines” Movement and Migration Policy in Italy – Alexandra Hartman

  On January 26th, 2020, Stefano Bonacci, the gubernatorial candidate of Italy’s center-left Democratic Party (DP) in the region of Emilia-Romagna, won 51.4% of the vote to defeat the candidate of the right-wing coalition including the populist 5 Star Movement and Matteo Salvini’s League party. The contest was seen as an important defeat for the populist coalition, which won control… Read more →

State-backed violence towards protesters after referendum in Guinea|Thomas Doyle

In the past ten years, Guinea looked like it was making progress toward creating a more just society. The first democratically elected leader, Alpha Conde, who came to power in 2010, shared some similarities with the South African leader Nelson Mandela. They were both stars in their respective opposition parties, imprisoned by the state, and eventually became democratically elected leaders… Read more →

Blog #4 Anonymity, the Yellow Vest Protests, and French nationalism

By Avani Casey (amc7yd) I wonder if the system of anonymity for the protests is a facet of the French universalism we talked about in class (people’s identity is French first). Perhaps this type of nationalism leads to a different mentality, even in dissent. However, in a Washington Post article, a French television host was quoted as saying “Whiteness is… Read more →

Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Sarah Pharr

       The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is decades long thus the information and details of the history can become complex. Both sides have a unique perspective on this history hence why oftentimes information about the topic can be contradictory. Additionally, due to the extremely partisan nature of this conflict, while religion may seem to be the most obvious source of… Read more →

Jaelen Guerrant: Mixedness in Japan: expansion or rejection of National identity

“She may be half of us but is she really one of us”. Mixed race people in Asian countries often have a split in how are they approached and perceived in their home county. They can be seen as almost mistakes in the ethnic purity of a country as in Japan’s example with pro tennis player, Naomi Osaka. Osaka who… Read more →

A Charismatic Leader in the Arab Spring 2.0 — Michael McClafferty

It seems rebel movements and charismatic leaders go together hand-in-hand (Gandhi, Mandela, Peron, etc.) and the Arab Spring 2.0 is no different, especially in Iraq. A recurring character in my blogs has been Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose family has had a long history in Iraqi politics and international relations. Currently, al-Sadr is the closest thing Iraqi protesters have… Read more →

Why Have Anti-Immigrant Populist Politicians in Italy Been So Successful?  – Alexandra Hartman

  The rise of Italy’s populist parties, the 5 Star Movement and the League, can be traced back to financial austerity and an increase in migration beginning in 2011.  When the Qaddafi regime in Libya collapsed that year, flows of migrants and refugees from Libya to Italy increased dramatically, both because people fled chaos in Libya and because the government… Read more →

BGP Hindutva Belief Hurting the Party During Elections?

New Delhi has always been a sort of swing state in regional election. Interestingly, this year, exit polls indicate an upsetting deafest for the BGP Party and Prime Minister Modi. Many critics of the BGP party saw the New Delhi election as a measure of the party’s popularity following the indoctrination of the new Citizenship Amendment Act, something that has… Read more →

Migration, Populism, and Terrorism in Italy – Alexandra Hartman

In June 2018, Italy swore in a new populist coalition government. The two main parties, the League and the Five Star Movement, promised a guaranteed income for the poor, lower taxes, and the deportation of half a million migrants. Since then, former leader of the League Matteo Salvini has risen to become Italy’s deputy prime minister, bringing anti-immigrant populism to… Read more →