Nation-Building: A Key Concept for Peaceful Conflict by Jochen Hippler

By Jochen Hippler

The time period 'nation-building' has skilled a striking renaissance because the early Nineteen Nineties. it's been used to explain and to justify the army interventions in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. associated with the belief of 'failed' or 'failing' states, the idea that is used to conceal and legitimise a complete diversity of numerous rules, permitting overseas powers to manage and reshape nations in components of clash.

Currently the foreign debate on country development is seriously ruled by way of US actors and authors, specially through writers attached to the Bush management or its guidelines. This ebook offers educational and political choices, proposing a serious view from 'Old Europe'.

The publication combines educational examine and research with coverage orientation, with participants from either fields. It clarifies the terminology distinguishing developmental, peace-related, imperial and analytical ways to nation-building. Highlighting its connections to globalization, democracy, ethnic and non secular minorities, the participants ponder case reports reminiscent of Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq and Nigeria.

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Shadows of Modernity (Cambridge). Hippler 01 chap01 41 4/5/05 9:23:05 am 4 Shaping the Nation – Ideological Aspects of Nation-building Claudia Derichs Understood in neutral terms and without the association of fearful doctrines of political history, ideologies are systems of thought and fundamental philosophies that explain the past, present and future according to certain value models. The notion that a nation represents something that is fundamentally worth striving for is also part of the domain of ideology.

Kepel 2002:29) The projection of the unique Islamic religious community still gains its strength today from the awareness – no doubt further nourished by the second Iraq war – that, as a Muslim, one is surrounded by a hostile world. This overview of the manifestations and historical contexts for the emergence of nationalism in the non-European world may suffice to reinforce the belief that neither the nation-state nor nationalism has been doomed to demise everywhere in the world. Although it may be that ‘the majority of new states in Asia and Africa present a pitiful sight’ (Crefeld 1999:365), both the successes and misfortunes of the postcolonial developing state (up to and including breakdown of the state) have made us aware of the political significance of national emotions and yearnings.

In India, for example, there are electoral quota systems for the so-called ‘scheduled castes’ and ‘scheduled tribes’. On the island of Cyprus, Great Britain introduced a system of local representation under which the 50-seat house of representatives was made up of 35 Greeks and 15 Turks each elected by the members of their ‘own’ groups. The legislative assembly in Bosnia-Herzegovina comprises equal numbers of locally elected representatives of the Croatians, Bosnians and Serbs (Ghai 2002). The advantage of this arrangement is that the matters of concern and goals of even small minorities can be represented through the local procedures (though a 3–5 per cent quota normally has to be exceeded).

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