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Fall 2016

Rising Nationalism and the New Arms Race

One by one, many countries around the world have begun to turn inward---in identity, rhetoric, and international policies. This rise in nationalism has received widespread media attention. A more quiet trend, the significant growth in nuclear arms and testing, has only recently hit mainstream public consciousness. Once an issue popularly thought to be resolved with the end of the Cold War, proliferation of nuclear weapons has become the "new arms race." How are these two phenomena, nationalism and the arms race, connected? 
Our two panelists, Tom Collina, Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund, and
Robert Kelley, Associate Professor at American University's School of International Service, discuss the rise in nationalism and its relationship with the new arms race.