Alain Dieckhoff, Nationalism and the Multination State (translated by Cynthia Schoch), London, Hurst and New York, Oxford University Press, September 2016. An interview with the author.

- Let’s start with a short historical reminder: when and how did the concept of nationalism emerge? You situate it at the heart of modernity. Can you tell us more?

- Nationalism is both an ideology and a political movement that aims to make the nation—a human community sharing common characteristics, be they cultural (language, religion, shared history) and/or political (belonging to the same territorialized political community)—the focus of collective expression. The term originated in the main European languages, first timidly at the end of the 18th century, and then firmly took hold in the following century. This means that it is a modern phenomenon related to a major transformation: political sovereignty is vested in the people, no more in monarchs.

How do you explain that nationalism has switched from a ‘positive’ connotation, synonymous with freedom and emancipation, to a ‘negative’ connotation, synonymous with exclusion and withdrawing into oneself?

- Because the idea of nation was at odds with the unequal society of the Ancien Regime, it was inseparable from the rise of democracy as government by the people. Nationalism originally had a truly revolutionary and emancipatory dimension.



The Enigma of Islamist Violence, by Luis Martinez, Amélie Blom and Laetitia Bucaille (eds)
The debate surrounding Islamist violence remains locked in oppositional sterility. Are such attacks perpetrated by Islamists as a matter of belief or do they reflect socio-economic realities? Is the suicide bomber a pathological case, as the psychologist maintains, or a clever strategist, as those steeped in the geopolitical approach claim? This book aims to transcend both the culturalist or underdevelopment explanations by focusing on the highly variegated nature of the phenomenon.
Democracies at War Against Terrorism. A Comparative Perspective, by Samy Cohen (ed.)
On numerous occasions, democratic nations have been singled out by human rights NGOs for the brutality of their modus operandi, for their inadequate attention to the protection of civilian populations, or for acts of abuse or torture on prisoners. Why do they perpetrate these violations? Do they do so intentionally or unintentionally? Can democracies combat irregular armed groups without violating international law? When their population is under threat, do they behave as non-democracies would? Does this type of war inevitably produce war crimes on a more or less massive scale?
The Gamble of War Is it Possible to Justify Preventive War?, by Ariel Colonomos
With the new millennium, prevention has become a popular doctrine in international politics. One of its most noticeable features is that democracies become inclined to strike first. In the US, it has served as the banner of the neo–conservative movement but it also gathered support from some liberals. It has also inspired several Israeli interventions. Does the preventive use of force meet the normative criteria that prevail or should prevail in a democratic system? Or does it endanger the legal and ethical traditions that characterize the history of Western military ethics?
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In partnership between Sciences Po-Center for International Studies (CERI), Paris and Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague and Faculty of Arts (CUFA), Charles University, Prague


9:00-9:30   Opening Session: Petr Kratochvil, IIR and Jacques Rupnik, Sciences Po-CERI 



9:30-11:00   Chair: Petr Kratochvil, IIR 



Riva Kastoryano, Sciences Po-CERI, CNRS and Pavel Sitek, Faculty of Arts, Charles University 

The impact of migration on European identities: Reality and emotions



11:00-11:30  Coffee Break  



11:30-13:00   Chair: Christian Lequesne, CERI, Sciences Po  



Jacques Rupnik, Sciences Po-CERI and Michal Simecka, IIR, Prague

Migration, borders, and the security issue in the EU


14:30-16:00   Chair: Jacques Rupnik, Sciences Po-CERI 


Petr Kratochvil, IIR and Christian Lequesne, CERI, Sciences Po
Migration in the political strategies of Eurosceptic parties

16:00-16:15   Conclusion: Christian Lequesne, CERI, Sciences Po




Academic Coordinators: Christian Lequesne, Sciences Po-CERI and Jacques Rupnik, Sciences Po-CERI

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The Challenge of Migrants and Refugees in the European Union: Franco-Czech Perspectives 14/10 For more information




In partnership between Sciences Po-Center for International Studies (CERI) and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa

and with the support of Sciences Po-Ecole doctorale, Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud (IFAS) and SCAC-French Ambassy in Nigeria






Funmi Olonisakin, Founding Director of the African Leadership Centre-Kings College London/ University of Nairobi

African “Agency” in Global Politics: What Does It Entail?


Discussant: Frédéric Ramel, Sciences Po-Center for International Studies





Chair: Karen Smith, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Oka Obono, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

The Role of Berlin and Bandung in the Making of Global Africa

Tim Murithi, University of Free State, South Africa

Pan-Africanism and the African Union as a collective international actor






Chair: Folashade Soule-Kohndou, Sciences Po-Center for International Studies


Peace Medie, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana, Ghana / Global Leaders Fellow, Oxford-Princeton University

Translating Global Norms into Local Action: The Campaign against Gender-Based Violence in Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia

Akinola Olojo, Université Paris Descartes; African Leadership Centre-King’s College London, University of Nairobi

Local resilience in the fight against Boko Haram in Sokoto State, and Borno State in Nigeria





Chair: Chris Alden, London School of Econonics and Political Science, United Kingdom


 Jonathan Fisher, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Africa's New Authoritarians: International Assistance and Authoritarian Statebuilding in Contemporary Africa


 Atta El-Battahani, University of Khartoum, Sudan

A Protracted Quandary of Liberal Peace and Political Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recycling Failures in ‘Greater’ Sudan





William Brown, Politics and International Studies Department, The Open University, United Kingdom 

Studying Africa and IR: the Potential of Agency



Academic Coordinators and Contacts:

Folashadé Soulé-Kohndou, Sciences Po-CERI /

Mohamed Diatta, Sciences Po-CERI /

Karen Smith, UCT/
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Credits photo: US Department of State, 50th Anniversary of the African Union, Addis-Ababa, 2013

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Beyond the Periphery: Unpacking African Agency in Global Politics 10/10 For more information


Séminaire du groupe de recherche  International Political Philosophy (IPP) du CERI




Michael Barilan, Sackler School of Medecine, Tel Aviv University



Both the Hebrew and the Christian Bibles are disposed against census of populations, portraying them as instruments of control, even tyranny. In many ways, Michel Foucault was loyal to this old tradition when he developed his critical ideas regarding biopolitcs and biopower. However, in the late nineteenth century registration of babies was made mandatory by English Law as a means to protect them from neglect and abuse, rather than an instrument of taxation and mobilization. The unprecedented processes of migration, deportation, uprooting and loss of the twentieth century led to the recognition of registration and state level public registries as accessories of human rights (e.g. International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on Consent to Marriage, UN World Population Conference). Acts of communal justice often rely on memorization of names of individual victims and heroes. Since the 1990s, Genetic and forensic sciences have been mobilized in the identification of genocide victims and in the prosecutions of crimes against humanity.
The era of the information technologies (IT), data mining and population genomics has heralded significant worries about the erosion of privacy and of basic protections of individual humans to the extent that the contemporary discourse on large scale registries of populations and their “life-events” has reversed its course. The earlier view of such registries as key protections to human rights, is now portrayed as threats to human rights and basic values such as liberty.
The seminar will explore the idea of personal registrations and registries as both instruments of and threats to effective citizenship and protection of basic human rights. Special attention will be given to emergent role of IT, to biological data (i.e. tissue and biological data banking) and to personal choice on registry items, such as gender identity.





David Smadja, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée




Responsables scientifiques : Astrid Von Busekist (Sciences Po-CERI) et Ariel Colonomos (Sciences Po-CERI, CNRS)

Sciences Po: Ecole Doctorale, 199 Bd Saint Germain 75007 Paris (salle du 3ème étage)



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Biologically-based Registries: Instruments of bio-power or of effective citizenship in democracy? 6/10 For more information