Ideas, Identities and Decisional Processes that Affect
The Mershon Center's second area of focus in international security studies is the ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security. This encompasses a cross-section of projects in politics, economics and cultural studies, including:
• Turkey: Islam, Nationalism and Modernity, which examines the interactions between three reference points in Turkish history.
• Political Dimensions of Economic and Civil Insecurity in Brazil, which examines how access to a social security net is related to democratization.
• The Psychology of Hate, a scientific analysis of hate to identify its psychological underpinnings and motivational implications.
• Counting Indians: Population and the Body Politic, 1800-1970, which argues that the concept of overpopulation as applied to India was not neutral but politically fraught.
• The Integration of Immigrants in Schools, which examines how immigrant and majority groups interact using London schools as a microcosm.
• The Development of Islamist Insurgency: Egypt, 1986-1999, which examines the wave of Islamist violence in 474 attacks that killed and injured over 2,000 people.
• Inter-relations between Political and Demographic Change in the 20th Century, a comprehensive study of political and demographic change across all major countries from 1950 to 2000
• Firms and the Welfare State: A Test of Employer Support for Economic Security, which looks at whether and why companies favor worker protections
• Demiurgic Politics: The Republic and the Timaeus, which examines four responses to theories of citizenship set forth in Plato's Republic.
• The Concept of Time in the Koran, which seeks to set the development of the Koran in historic context.
• Unveiling Modernity: Post-Colonial Islamic Reforms in Ghana and Burkina Faso, 1950-2000, which looks at why Wahhabism took hold in West Africa
• Colonization in Reverse: Diaspora, Diplomacy, and the 'People's Art', examines how Trinidadians used the Notting Hill Carnival to negotiate their identity in modern Great Britain.
• Immigrants, Assimilation, and Cultural Threat: A Political Exploration, explores how American citizens view issues of immigration and successful assimilation.
• Sudanese Perspectives on the Darfur Conflict, investigates current Sudanese views of and responses to the conflict in Darfur.
• Radicals on the Road: Third World Internationalism and American Orientalism during the Viet Nam Era, explores the lives of Americans who criticized their government's intervention in Southeast Asia.
• Living Jerusalem: Cultures and Communities in Contention, which studies cultural identity and conflict in the disputed territories of Israel and Palestine.
• Race Frontiers: Indian Slavery in Colonial New England reconstructs the little-known history of Native American enslavement by European colonists in the 18th century.
• The Marxist Rhetoric, which asks how Marxism gained such wide influence in the 20th century despite the failure of its major propositions.
• Public Sector Capacity and Political Stability, which uses four case studies to explain why some Latin American countries maintain stable democracies while others succumb to political unrest.
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Georgian demonstrators staged a protest in front of the United Nations in New York on August 11, 2008. Protesters used images of Adolph Hitler to characterize Russian President Vladimir Putin. Two days later, pro-South Ossetians demonstrators also used the image of Hitler to characterize Georgian President Mikhail Saakasvili in a protest outside the Georgian diplomatic mission in Ankara. Turkey. (Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)