Why We Still Need the Nation State

Overshadowed by international organizations, global commerce, and even individual cities, the nation state still has a vital role to play.

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With the Scottish Independence referendum still reverberating, the nation state is back on the front burner of global politics. While in the end Scottish voters opted to stay inside the United Kingdom, the issues raised by “yes” voters aren’t going anywhere, either.

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