Is the Nation-State a Blessing or Curse?

From 2 to 4 February, the McDonald Centre joined the Mackinder programme of the London School of Economics and the University of St Andrews, for a closed conference entitled, The Persistence of the Nation State ‐ Blessing or Curse?. Held at the historic Hartwell House, scholars from across the disciplines, as well as world leaders, discussed a wide range of topics, with the following aims:

  • to understand the nature and effects of states
  • to develop an intellectual agenda within which the study of the state in an era of globalisation might most productively be placed
  • to assess the strengths and weaknesses – and the benefits and dangers – of the nation state in the contemporary world.

As the meeting was held under the Chatham House rule, its participants may not be publicized, however a full programme is available.