Nation Building: A Discussion Thread

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I came across a swirl of articles this week that seem to converge around a theme: At the Globalist, a piece about how the media, by neglecting the major stories coming out of pre-9/11 Afghanistan, contributed to the failure to articulate a coherent American foreign policy in the region. Also at the Globalist, a piece about how we seem to be repeating the same mistake in Somalia as we speak, this time due to a reductionist tendency to view all conflicts therough counter-terrorism. This Foreign Affairs piece on the tenacity of ethno-nationalism as a driving force in regional conflicts for […]


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