In this article, David Darchiashvili analyzes the interconnectedness of nationalism and security. Nation and nationalism is a risky unity and ideology because people, under national flags, tend to ignore their own as well as others lives. However, an international system is arranged in such a way and an individual’s basic requirements build up such a hierarchy that a nation-state still remains to be an irreplaceable institution for ensuring individual as well as collective security. Assuming that nationalism is a threat and, at the same, a pillar of national, regional or international security, it is politicians’ challenge to formulate national identity that will strike a balance between ethnicity and citizenship: it should reflect the requirement for the allegiance to ethnic beliefs, religion and liberal-democratic principles.
Darchiashvili, D. (2009). National Society and Imperatives of Modern Security. Identity Studies, 1.