2011-11-15-12.18.17-amEditors' Note:

These days, regime change seems to be on everyone's mind in Washington, D.C., and around the world. Events from the Balkans through the Middle East to East Timor are proof of a global movement to fight terrorism and rogue regimes-- a noble goal long overdue. However, ousting undemocratic forces from power does not necessarily mean that the new leaders will uphold democracy or that they will have popular legitimacy.

The Forum takes an in-depth look at the "state of the nation" in Africa, Asia, and Europe, revealing that while the key to internal stability is the relationship between institutions and public sentiments towards them, the recipe to achieving that objective depends on a great variety of factors. Finding the right balance between state- and nation- building is just as important in Brussels as in Bujumbura.

Leafing through the pages of our Journal, however, you will also find discussions on a much broader range of topics. From the importance of intellectual property rights in the Arab Middle East to the strategic significance of antimicrobial resistance, we explore the diverse issues and questions that define international affairs today. Staying ahead of the curve by bringing timely articles to our readers and furthering discussions of critical issues are our main objectives. We hope that this issue will educate, entertain, and provoke in our best tradition.

— Robert Magyar & Pradeep Ramamurthy


  • State of the Nation Introduction by the Editors | Read  

Given the priorities of the international community today, the relationship between state- and nation-building needs to be understood more than ever. Creating stable, effective institutions with broad-based legitimacy is not easy, especially in multicultural communities where this involves managing ethnic diversity. This Forum features articles that reflect on regional case-studies to offer lessons about democracy and diversity that apply the world over.

  • The Past, Present, and Future of the Nation-State by John Hutchinson | Read  
  • Nation-State Trajectories in Africa by Richard Joseph | Read  
  • Pluralism, Democracy, and Nation-Building in Israel by Yaakov Kop Read  
  • Nation- and State- Building in Eurasia by Ian Bremmer Read  
  • It's the Regime, Stupid: The Imperative of State-Building in Afghanistan by Marin Strmecki Read  

Business & Finance

  • Expanding Horizons: Boeing's Global Business Operations Interview with Philip M. ConditRead  
  • Intellectual Property Rights in the Arab World by Eric Garduño and Frank J. Pietrucha | Read  

Conflict & Security

  • Uribe's People: Civilians and the Colombian Conflict by Jason Hagen | Read  

Culture & Society

  • Jews in Armenia: The Hidden Diaspora by Vartan Akchyan | Read  

Law & Ethics

  • Is There a Just Cause for War Against Iraq? by John Langan | Read  
  • Silencing Victims in International Courts: Neglecting a Solemn Obligation by Nancy Paterson | Read  

Politics & Diplomacy

  • Federalism and Nationalism in Polish Eastern Policy by Timothy Snyder | Read  
  • Foreign Policymaking in the Age of Television by Eytan Gilboa | Read  

Science & Technology

  • Whither Kyoto? Ten Years of Climate Change Policymaking by David M. Reiner | Read  


View From the Ground

  • Transition Pains: Hungary's Uncertain Dissidents by Sarah Atwood | Read  

A Look Back

  • What Muslims Want: In Afghanistan, and Elsewhere — Democracy by Thomas O. Melia | Read  

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