Posts by Harris Mylonas

Харрис Милонас 08-18-2020
(Cambridge Core blog) For decades, external observers have dismissed Belarus as a country with a weak or contested national identity and an underdeveloped civil society. Academic articles about the country often remark on how little it has changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Belarus was the domino few expected to fall when a series of color revolutions swept the region in the 2000s. When Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, some analysts even took...
Харрис Милонас 08-18-2020
(Nationalities Papers) In a recent interview with Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon, Alyaksandr Lukashenka—President of Belarus since the establishment of this office in 1994—explained why he was the only parliamentarian in Belarus who did not support the ratification of the 1991 Belovezha Accords that brought down the Soviet Union and established the Commonwealth of Independent States. “I loved my country. I believed that the Soviet Union was a state...
Харрис Милонас 02-25-2020
(globalcit.eu) Alan Gamlen has written an ambitious and insightful book on the emergence and spread of diaspora management institutions. The empirical puzzle that motivates this book is the slow spread of diaspora institutions up until the 1990s and their lightning-speed-spread since 2005. The author identifies three waves in this process and proposes a different logic driving it in each phase. The first one, from mid-20th century to the early 1990s,...
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Харрис Милонас 11-05-2019
(Ethnopolitics) (Co-authored by Kendrick Kuo) Abstract: What is the relationship between politically relevant identities and violent dynamics within civil wars? Civil war scholars over the last decade have studied intra-war dynamics, such as the proliferation of rebel groups, alliances among belligerents, and cohesion within insurgent organisations. But a nation-building perspective has not been adequately integrated into this research program. We suggest...
Харрис Милонас 07-15-2019
(WP Monkey Cage) Greek voters just elected the first government in which a single party won a parliamentary majority since the economic crisis began in 2010. On July 7, a little fewer than 6 million people voted in more than 21,000 polling stations to elect the 300 members of the Greek parliament and install a new government. Twenty parties ran; only six of them got more than 3 percent of the vote, which is the threshold required to place a member in...
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Харрис Милонас 09-29-2017
(World Politics) (Co-authored with Kendrick Kuo) Nationalism continues to be an important ideology that informs the way state elites formulate and implement foreign policy. The relationship between nationalism and foreign policy is complex: there are many relevant levels of analysis and multiple causal pathways linking nationalism and foreign policy. Scholars have identified national masses, elite policymakers, and the nation-state itself as units of...
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Харрис Милонас 09-27-2017
(Foreign Affairs) Every year in early September, Greece kicks off its political season with an address from the prime minister at the start of the Thessaloniki International Fair. This year was no different. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras opened the event with an optimistic talk about the recovering economy, and how Greece would soon “graduate” from the bailout agreements. He claimed that his government had acquired valuable experience from overseeing...
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Харрис Милонас 07-31-2017
Nation-building may be defined as the process through which the boundaries of the modern state and those of the national community become congruent. The desired outcome is to achieve national integration (Reference Works: Concepts and Definitions). The major divide in the literature centers on the causal path that leads to national integration. Thus, nation-building has been theorized as a structural process intertwined with industrialization,...
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Харрис Милонас 02-21-2017
(Taylor & Francis) (Co-author: N. Shelef) Abstract: The territory claimed by stateless nationalist movements can change over time. Following a review of prominent explanations, this article addresses some of the more general methodological challenges involved in studying change in the territorial claims of stateless nationalist movements. It draws attention to the analytical distinction between the origin of territorial claims and their consequent...
Харрис Милонас 11-17-2016
(Foreign Affairs) (Co-authored by A. Georgakellos) This week, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and U.S. President Barack Obama met in Greece. During the last such visit, when President Bill Clinton ventured there in 1999, Tsipras was out on the streets of Athens, protesting. Things have changed. This time, Tsipras warmly welcomed the U.S. leader and they agreed on a common message: less austerity and more policies to induce growth. Obama’s trip came as...
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Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
George Washington University