But what is the contemporary world like and in particular, how can we describe contemporary international relations?
- It was not very long ago that religion was regarded as a relic, at least as far as politics are concerned. Now this picture itself seems an artifact of history. With the gods once again afoot in the public square, religion has returned to occupy political actors and theorists alike. Especially salient, of course, is the nationalist brand of religious revivalism, unmistakably associated with the indiscriminate political violence that has become a fixture of contemporary life.
- Nationalism is not an old war. It came into being because monarchies were collapsing in Europe and people were afraid that in the absence of a royal dynasty mediating between the heavens and the earth no one could retain the allegiance of the people towards the State.
- Military coups and Turkey. For years this seemed to be an indissoluble dyad. Even in 2007, when a general election was held, the foreign press, including Italy’s, poured into the country fearing a coup d’état. Nothing of the sort. Erdogan’s AKP’s continuous victories seemed to be a sign of stability and of a democratic process that appeared to have quashed the danger of military intervention that until just a few years ago had characterised Turkish history.
- Some notes on the cultural background of xenophobia