Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


Publications




Is Ethnic Conflict Inevitable? Parting Ways Over Nationalism and Separatism

Commentary

Authors
Jeremy M. Weinstein, Ames Habyarimana*, Macartan Humphreys*, Daniel Posner*, Richard Rosecrance*, Arthur Stein*

Published by
Foreign Affairs, July/August 2008


Jeremy Weinstein, Ames Habyarimana, assistant professor at Georgetown, Macartan Humphreys, assistant professor at Columbia, Daniel Posner, associate professor at UCLA, Richard Rosecrance, adjunct professor at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and senior fellow at the Belfer Center, and Arthur Stein, professor of Political Science at UCLA collectively respond to an article titled, "Us and Them," by Jerry Muller, professor at the Catholic University of America in Foreign Affairs, March/April 2008.

According to the authors, Muller's article "tells a disconcerting story about the potential for ethnic diversity to generate violent conflict. He argues that ethnic nationalism--which stems from a deeply felt need for each people to have its own state--"will continue to shape the world in the twenty-first century."

In fact, Weinstein and his co-authors argue, ethnic differences are not inevitably, or even commonly, linked to violence on a grand scale.