In recent years, it might have seemed that nationalism and ethnic conflict is a phenomena of the 1990s. The headlines of the 2000s have been dominated by terrorism and other themes. It is of course no secret that nationalism remains a potent force and that ethnic and national identity continue to shape politics in many, if not most, countries around the world.

The relevance of discussing and understanding nationalism can be understood when looking at three separate events around the world:

Since last week, violence between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz has escalated in the southern region of Kyrgysztan of Osh. Linked to the overthrow of the increasingly authoritarian President Bakiyev in April, the violence has regional implications, involving three Central Asian countries.

Move to Belgium, here on Sunday the New Flemish Alliance won most seats in parliament on a secessionist platform. Thus, Belgium’s survival remains increasingly in doubt.

Finally, in Slovakia election a day early did not reward the nationalist and populist parties which had sought to exploit recent changes to the Hungarian citizenship law that would open access to citizenship to Hugarians living in Slovakia (and elsewhere).

Understanding these events is crucial not just for scholars of particular countries, but also for understanding broader trends and regional dynamics. This blog seeks to provide timely commentary and analysis on events like these. Scholars and analysts associated with the Association for the Study of Nationalities will contribute their postings and we encourage a debate on the topics and postings on the topic of nationalism and ethnic conflict.  For more more in depth analysis, see the journals of the ASN, Nationalities Papers and Ethnopolitics.

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