What defines a nation, or a state? What’s the meaning of sovereignty, and how do communal or religious identity figure into demands for self-determination? The world community in 2016 appears to be a fractured place with aspirations to statehood like those we’ve seen in South Sudan and Palestine, as well as civil disruptions and realignments like those between Crimea, Ukraine, and Russia. Amidst all of this there are non-state actors like ISIS challenging sitting governments and established states. These questions were addressed at the October 15 WorldCanvass: Nationhood Redefined. This WorldCanvass was a highlight event of the 2016 Provost’s Global Forum, The Nation, the State, and the Global Redefinition of Self-Determination.
Part 1: Nationhood, Statehood, Sovereignty, and Identity in a Changing World
Part 2: Kosovo and the Iowa Connection
Part 3: The Evolving Definition of Self-Determination