The “Other”: Power, Identity, and Fluid Relationships in Nationalism

The emergence of the modern nation-state over the last few centuries has coincided fairly directly with the advent of industrialization, and thus new technology, which improved at an ever increasing rate. Coinciding with the industrialized modern nation-state was the idea of “nationalism”, or as defined by historian Anthony Smith as an “ideological movement for attaining and maintaining the autonomy, unity, …

Capitalism as Culture

 “Economic development” is often considered something that is inherently good in Western dialogue. Beginning with the introduction of the Truman Doctrine in 1947, it is hard to imagine a United States that does not offer its help and foreign aid to countries it considers to be underdeveloped in contrast to its own. While theorists would debate the process by which …

“The Surge”: Its Purpose and Effect in the Iraq War

As the U.S began the war in Iraq in March of 2003, there was a relentless optimism both within the Bush administration and within the American public. This optimism stemmed from both the previous demonstrations of the efficacy of American power abroad, in places such as Afghanistan in 2001, with the overthrow of the Taliban, and the certainty of the …