Professor, Graduate Program Director
Political Science | International Relations
Symeon A. Giannakos, Director of the Graduate Program in International Relations at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, teaches courses in international relations and comparative politics. He received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1990. He subsequently spent nearly five years (1993-1998) overseas, conducting research and offering courses on international and comparative politics of the Balkan region to Eastern European students at the American University in Bulgaria. He has also taught at Norwich University in Vermont (1990-1993), at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia (1998-1999), and at Ohio University (1999-2002). In 2011, he served as the Fulbright Scholar to Albania.
His research focuses on national identity and conflict. He has published a number of articles on this topic and served as editor of Ethnic Conflict: Religion, Identity and Politics (2002).
Abstract: China’s most prominent dissident, the late Liu Xiaobo, criticized the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts “to promote what he considered a toxic mixture of traditional culture and modern patriotism.” He worried more about “a mentality of world domination” characterized by a “thuggish outlook.” Quoted in Orville Schell and John Delury’s (2013) book Wealth and Power, this statement reveals the culmination of some 150 years of nation-building, which now encapsulates what is probably the strongest and potentially most explosive primordial nationalism in the region since Imperial Japan.
This article examines the sources of Chinese nationalism and gauges the extent to which Chinese nationalism contributes to cooperation or confrontation in China’s foreign relations.
Giannakos, S. (2019). Chinese Nationalism: Myths, Reality, and Security Implications. Nationalities Papers, 47(1), 149-161. doi:10.1017/nps.2018.9
Open Access: DOI 10.1017/nps.2018.9