The Crisis of Postnationalism

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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 20174:00PM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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For years, the mainstream liberal opinion, shared by many social scientists, was that nationalism is a transient phenomenon that will either disappear or become marginal in the course of general development. However, what we see everywhere, including the most developed parts of the world, is the rise of nationalism. This often causes shock and bewilderment. But what we need is to analyze what were the theoretical premises on which the expectations of the coming decline of nationalism were based, and what was wrong about them.

Ghia Nodia is professor of politics and director of the International School of Caucasus Studies in Ilia Chavchavadze State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is also a founder of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD), an independent public policy think tank in Tbilisi, Georgia and member of the Forum’s NDRI think tank network, which he has led since August 2009 and in 1992-2008. In February–December 2008, he served as the minister for education and science of Georgia.
Prof. Nodia has published extensively on democratization; state-building, security, and conflicts in Georgia and the Caucasus; theories of nationalism; and democratic transition in the post-cold-War context. He has been involved in pro-democracy advocacy efforts in Georgia and internationally and has been a frequent participant of international congresses and conferences on related topics.


Ghia Nodia


Department of Political Science

Munk School of Global Affairs


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