Why Nationalist Movements Succeed and Fail – An Author Interview

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Why Nationalist Movements Succeed and Fail – An Author Interview

Peter Krause sat down with Anna to talk about his new book, Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win during his visit to Pittsburgh in March 2018.   Peter explains that the quest to create a new country or to be free from a colonial power is often fraught with infighting, several setbacks, and several roadblocks on the road to independence.   He walks us through examples of states that have been successful in gaining independence like Israel and Algeria, but others have limited or no progress towards their own state such as the Palestinian Authority or Northern Ireland.   He also talks about what lessons can we learn from these four examples to apply to modern-day nationalist movements such as the creation of South Sudan, the Kurdish national movement, the Scottish national movement, and the Catalan national movement.

Peter is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston College and a Research Affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program.  His research and teaching focus on Middle East politics, terrorism and political violence, national movements, and international relations. He has a Ph.D. in political science from MIT and a B.A. in political science and history from Williams College.

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