||Each issue of the Journal features a Forum section that brings together academics, policymakers, and other professionals to analyze a single issue in depth. By examining the topic from a unique perspective, each Forum contributor incorporates his or her personal experiences and knowledge to offer Journal readers a complete perspective on the issue at hand. Previous Forums have examined the issue of transnational crime, space-based weapons, and the intersection of religion and politics.
In this Forum, we read between the headlines to take on a perennial issue: the role of
national identity in violent conflict. Immigration, war, and other forms of social
upheaval challenge existing community boundaries and show us how nationalism can
be exploited in moments of crisis. As the United States struggles to define who is
"American," the Russian Federation works to tame its breakaway regions, various states
in Asia seek ways of governing multinational states, and memories of the Balkan crisis
shape perceptions of nationalism, the time is ripe for a new discussion of the
challenges that national identity poses for the state. This Forum examines when the
boundaries that define communities become the fault lines for violent conflict.