PLENARY 8 | Return of the Nation State
Moderator Kathleen Koch opened the final plenary session by posing a question about the recent rise of nationalist feelings and what it means for the rest of the world. Are countries beginning to turn inward? The debate focused on ways to achieve a balance between the need for national self-determination and the creation of state institutions. It is also vital to ensure good governance, regardless of geography. Speakers made a theoretical distinction between characteristics of patriotism and nationalism. They then applied that theory to case studies such as Russia, the United States, Israel, and Kurdistan.
“We have to be careful about the assumption that there are things that have always existed called nations. We also should be careful about the assumption that every nation should necessarily have their own state.” – Dr. Eliot Cohen
“Patriotism is not nationalism.” – Dr. Eliot Cohen
“You can’t just make democracy by toppling tyrannical regimes and holding elections.” – The Hon. Moshe Ya’alon
“After the Mosul operations, this process will start.” – H.E. Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir on Kurdish independence negotiations with Iraq
“The bad manner of nationalism is mobilizing the people against someone else.” – The Hon. Moshe Ya’alon
Plenary 8 Introductory Video
Closing Press Conference
WATCH: The Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s Defence Minister and President Peter Van Praagh deliver remarks to the press to close the 2016 Halifax International Security Forum.