Battle for Hearts and Minds: Rising Nationalism and Extremism

As we approach the end of the year, it is a perfect time to take a snapshot of the year behind us, and reflect on the events that are shaping, directly or indirectly, the reality of our lives. From a vantage point of today, the year 2014 was marked by two important anniversaries, the centennial of the Great War and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. While these two events represent the points in our history when peace and solidarity prevailed over the dividing forces of war and fear, the current events around the globe seem to bring unrest and divide back into focus. The economic crisis, the Ukraine conflict, various nationalist and anti-immigration sentiments in Europe, and the ISIS threat are some of the worrisome trends that we highlight in this term’s issue. With the hope that in the New Year, the battle for the hearts and minds will once again bring peace and solidarity, we present you the new issue of Polemics.

This academic year also marks the growth and expansion of Polemics: we would like to formally announce the launch of our new website,, as well as the unveiling of the new design of our magazine. We look forward to your feedback!

As always, we would like to give special thanks to Dardis McNamee for her valuable expertise and unwavering support to our magazine.

Finally, we envision Polemics as a magazine that will provide our readers with food for thought, while giving our writers, editors, designers, and website developers a creative outlet and a space where they can express their ideas in an intellectually stimulating way.

Without further ado, we hope you will enjoy this issue.


Flora Kwong and Jelena Vićić


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