Blog Post #3
As explained in The Post American World, nationalism is an issue many powerful or emerging countries tend to struggle with. Nationalism is best best described as overly proud as they gain economic power and political power. This “pride”, as author Zakaria describes, causes many problems, both internally and externally. These problems can manifest in many different forms depending on the area and scenario.
One major issue is developing a one track, individualist mindset. For example, a nation will become too confident or proud to work with other countries on important issues that take more than one state to solve. When this happens, less communication and group efforts lead to a lack of tasks being accomplished.
A second issue that can arise is from trying to “help” countries that don’t really need or want the help. We become too confident and patriotic in our way of life and try to force this on other countries. The Post American World had a brilliant example of this in chapter two when discussing Britain’s rule in India, “Lord Louis Mountbatten turned to the great Indian ruler Mahatma Gandhi and said in exasperation, ‘if we just leave there will be chaos.’ Gandhi replied, ‘yes but it will be our chaos.’”
To me this subject could relate back to our reading Broken BRICs. When I first read this article, I kind of just took it as saying that this is a time when a global economy can be extremely volatile and unpredictable. However, now I can see how this could definitely be side effects of several different countries taking up nationalist ideals.
This is just a brief description of nationalism and how nationalism can harm a rising nation as well as the global community. After a little research I found that Morocco had a nationalist uprising from the early 1900’s all the way to about the 1950’s. However, the articles I read made me look at nationalism in a different light in this particular instance. The Moroccan nationalist movement occurred in the early to mid 20th century. They had one main objective: to cut ties with Europe and become more independent. At this particular time, and even still today, Morocco had a heavy French influence. so the nationalist movement as well as different sectors of Moroccan Beber So to me, this was more of a ploy for Moroccan independence rather than a nationalist movement, and it was not until 1956 that Morocco would successfully negotiate its independence from the French regime.
Is inequality a problem in your region? What crucial role does inequality play? Where do you see the results of inequality in your region and how is it being addressed?
When I wrote my first blog post about Morocco, I thought it sounded like a really nice place so when I started looking for evidence of inequality, I didn’t expect to fine much. Though to my surprise, I found inequality to be a huge issue in several different ways.
The first issue I found was the issue of gender equality. The first article I read titled Morocco Ranks Among Nations with Most Gender Inequality had many different examples and stats relating to this. For example, the annual Gender Gap Index ranked Morocco 133rd out of 142 countries surveyed. Along with that survey, it ranked Morocco 134th in labor participation, 102nd in wage equality, and 109th for women legislators. The Moroccan government is making attempts to empower women and narrow the inequality gap, though progress has been very slow. “Achieving gender equality is obviously necessary for economic reasons. Only those economies who have full access to all their talent will remain competitive and will prosper,” said Klaus Schwab in Larbi Arbaoui’s article, Morocco Ranks Among Nations with Most Gender Inequality. But as Morocco continues to struggle with this issue, there is no simple answer.
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Sharma, Ruchir. “Broken BRICs.” Foreign Affairs. N.p., 17 Sept. 2015. Web. 15 Feb. 2016. <https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/brazil/2012-10-22/broken-brics>.
Zakaria, Fareed. The Post-American World. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008. Print.
Arbaoui, Larbi. “Morocco Ranks Among Nations with Most Gender Inequality | Morocco World News.” Morocco World News RSS. N.p., 29 Oct. 2014. Web. 15 Feb. 2016. <http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/10/142710/morocco-ranks-among-nations-with-most-gender-inequality/>.