PS_08 - Brubaker and Laitin: Ethnic and Nationalist...

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Brubaker and Laitin: Ethnic and Nationalist Violence - 2 features of the late modern, post-Cold War world have contributed to an increase in the incidence in the share of ethnic and nationalist violence in all political violence, The first could be called “the decay if the Weberian state”: the decline in states’ capacities to maintain order by monopolizing the legitimate use of violence in their territories and the emergence in some regions of so-called quasi-states, organizations formally acknowledged and recognized as states yet lacking the empirical attributes of stateness. - The end of the Cold War has further weakened many third world states as superpowers have curtailed their commitments of military and other state-strengthening resources, while the citizenries – and, even, it could be argued, the neighbors – of Soviet successor states are more threatened by state weakness than by state strength. - The second contextual aspect of the post-Cold War world to highlight is the eclipse of the left-right ideological
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