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Neo-nationalism or new nationalism is a type of nationalism that rose in the mid-2010s in Europe and North America and to some degree in other regions. It is associated with several positions, such as right-wing populism, anti-globalization, nativism, protectionism, opposition to immigration and Euroscepticism where applicable. According to one scholar, "nationalist resistance to global liberalism turned out to be the most influential force in Western politics" in 2016. Particularly notable expressions of new nationalism include the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
Overview and characteristics
Writing for Politico, Michael Hirsh described new nationalism as "a bitter populist rejection of the status quo that global elites have imposed on the international system since the Cold War ended, and which lower-income voters have decided—understandably—is unfair". Michael Brendan Dougherty wrote in The Week that new nationalism is a "broad nativist revolt" against post-Cold War politics long "characterized by an orthodoxy of free trade, nurturing the service economy, neoliberal trading arrangements, and liberalized immigration policies".
The Economist wrote in November 2016 that "new nationalists are riding high on promises to close borders and restore societies to a past homogeneity". Clarence Page wrote in the Las Vegas Sun that "a new neo-tribal nationalism has boiled up in European politics and to a lesser degree in the United States since the global economic meltdown of 2008" and Ryan Cooper in The Week and researchers with the Centre for Economic Policy Research have linked 21st-century right-wing populism to the Great Recession. According to Harvard political theorist Yascha Mounk, "economic stagnation among lower- and middle-class whites [has been] a main driver for nationalism's rise around the globe". According to religion scholar Mark L. Movesian, new nationalism "sets the nation-state against supranational, liberal regimes like the EU or NAFTA, and local customs and traditions, including religious traditions, against alien, outside trends".
David Brog and Yoram Hazony wrote in National Review that some conservatives view the new nationalism associated with Brexit and Donald Trump as a betrayal of conservative ideology while they see it as a "return". According to conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg, the nationalism associated with Trump is "really little more than a brand name for generic white identity politics".
Writing for The Week, Damon Linker called the idea of neo-nationalism being racist "nonsense" and went on to say that "the tendency of progressives to describe it as nothing but 'racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia'—is the desire to delegitimize any particularistic attachment or form of solidarity, be it national, linguistic, religious, territorial, or ethnic".
Regarding new nationalism, The Economist said that "Mr Trump needs to realize that his policies will unfold in the context of other countries’ jealous nationalism" and called nationalism itself a "slippery concept" that is "easy to manipulate". They also repeatedly contrasted ethnic nationalism and civic nationalism and implied new nationalism could become "angry" and difficult to control, citing Chinese nationalism as an example.
Associated politicians, parties and events
The Hong Kong nationalism evolved from the localist movement in Hong Kong stresses the distinct Hong Kong identity as opposed to Chinese national identity promoted by the Beijing government and its growing encroachment on the city's management of its own political, economic and social affairs. The localist rhetorics, often mix with the nation's right to self-determination as well as anti-immigration stances against mainland immigrants and tourists, preserving local identity and culture similar to the Western new nationalism.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (assumed office in 2014) and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been referred to as new nationalist. Modi is a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing paramilitary organisation aligned with the BJP, which has also been said to advocate a new nationalist ideology.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (assumed office in 2018), head of the populist coalition Government of Change, and in particular his Interior Minister and League's leader Matteo Salvini, were often described as new nationalists. Salvini has been described by some media outlets as the most powerful politician in the country, and a "de facto prime minister".
The 63rd and current Prime Minister Shinzō Abe (assumed office in 2012), a member of the right-wing organisation Nippon Kaigi, has promoted ideas of new nationalism, as does the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, which he leads.
The sixth and current President of Poland Andrzej Duda (assumed office in August 2015) is regularly cited as being a leading figure in the new nationalist movement within Poland. Furthermore, the ruling Law and Justice party, led by Jarosław Kaczyński, promoted nationalist views to win an outright majority in the national elections of 2015 (a feat never before accomplished). Despite not holding a government office, Kaczyński has been described as the figure who makes the "final call" on all major political issues in Poland.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin (second President of Russia from 2000 to 2008 and fourth President of Russia from 2012) has been labelled a new nationalist. Putin has been described by Hirsh as "the harbinger of this new global nationalism". Charles Clover, the Moscow bureau chief of the Financial Times from 2008 to 2013, wrote a book in 2016 titled Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia's New Nationalism.
In 2014, Mustafa Akyol wrote of a new "brand of Turkish neonationalism" promoted by Justice and Development Party (AKP), the country's ruling party, the leader of which is President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (assumed office in 2014).
The 23 June 2016 referendum in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union ("Brexit") has been described as a milestone of new nationalism. Owen Matthews noted similarities in motives for support of the Brexit movement and Trump. He wrote in Newsweek that supporters of both are motivated by "a yearning to control immigration, reverse globalization and restore national greatness by disengaging from the wide, threatening world".
Matthew O'Brien wrote of the Brexit as "the most shocking success for the new nationalism sweeping the Western world". Leaders of the Brexit campaign, such as Nigel Farage, the leader of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party; former London Mayor Boris Johnson; Vote Leave Co-Convenor Michael Gove; Brexit Secretary David Davis; and European Research Group chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg, have been called "new nationalists".
Donald Trump's rise to the Republican candidacy was widely described as a sign of growing new nationalism in the United States. A Chicago Sun-Times editorial on the day of the inauguration of Donald Trump called him "our new nationalist president". The appointment of Steve Bannon, the executive of Breitbart News (associated with the alt-right), was described by one analyst as arousal of a "new world order, driven by patriotism and a fierce urge to look after your own, a neo-nationalism that endlessly smears Muslims and strives to turn back the clock on free trade and globalization, a world where military might counts for far more than diplomacy and compromise".
The following politicians have all been described in some way as being new nationalists:
- Khaltmaagiin Battulga, President of Mongolia (assumed office in 2017) and candidate of the Mongolian Democratic Party
- Marine Le Pen, former leader of the French National Front and candidate in the 2017 presidential election
- Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom
- Tomio Okamura, leader of the Czech Freedom and Direct Democracy
- Andrej Babis, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (assumed office in 2017) and leader of ANO 2011
- Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria (assumed office in 2009) and leader of GERB
- Krasimir Karakachanov, Defence Minister of Bulgaria (assumed office in 2017) and leader of IMRO – Bulgarian National Movement
- Nikola Gruevski, former Prime Minister of Macedonia (2006–2016) and former leader of VMRO-DPMNE
- Janez Janša, former Prime Minister of Slovenia (2012–2013) and leader of the Slovenian Democratic Party
- Victor Ponta, former Prime Minister of Romania (2012–2015) and former leader of the Social Democratic Party
- Panos Kammenos, Defence Minister of Greece (assumed office in 2015) and leader of the Independent Greeks
- Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia (2013–2015) and former leader of the Liberal Party of Australia
- Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand (assumed office in 2017) and leader of New Zealand First
- Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile (Assumed office 2010–2014; 2018)
- Kellie Leitch, MP and 2017 candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada
- Kevin O'Leary, businessman and 2017 candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada
- François Legault, leader of the Canadian Coalition Avenir Québec
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel (assumed office in 2009) and leader of Likud
- Norbert Hofer, Transport, Innovation and Technology Minister of Austria (assumed office in 2017) and the candidate from the Freedom Party of Austria in the 2016 presidential election, which he lost by 46.2% to 53.8%
- Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya (assumed office in 2013) and leader of the Jubilee Party of Kenya
- Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the Opposition (South Africa) and party leader of Democratic Alliance
- Herman Mashaba, Mayor of Johannesburg
- Sebastian Kurz, Chancellor of Austria (assumed office in 2017) and leader of the Austrian People's Party
- Jair Bolsonaro, the candidate from the Brazilian Social Liberal Party in the 2018 presidential election
- Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras (assumed office in 2014) and candidate of the National Party of Honduras
- Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz, the candidate from the Costa Rican National Restoration Party in the 2018 presidential election
- Andrés Manuel López Obrador, leader of the Mexican National Regeneration Movement and candidate from the Juntos Haremos Historia in the 2018 presidential election
- Álvaro Uribe, President of Colombia (assumed office 2002–2010) and leader of Democratic Center
- Iván Duque Márquez, President elect of Colombia (assumed office 2018)
- Horacio Cartes, President of Paraguay (2013–2018)
- Mario Abdo Benítez, President elect of Paraguay (2018)
- Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia (2012–2018) and leader of Direction-Social Democracy 
- Keiko Fujimori,leads the right-wing party Fuerza Popular, and was their presidential candidate in the 2011 election
- Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Croatia (assumed office in 2015)
- Park Geun-Hye, former President of South Korea (2013–2017) and former leader of the Saenuri Party
- Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand (assumed office in 2014)
- Najib Razak, former Prime Minister of Malaysia (2009–2018) and leader of Barisan Nasional and the United Malays National Organisation
- Prabowo Subianto, leader of the Great Indonesia Movement Party and candidate in the 2019 presidential election
- Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia (assumed office in 1998) and leader of the Cambodian People's Party
- Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (assumed office in 2017)
- Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (assumed office in 2004)
- Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of the Iraqi Sadrist Movement
- Heinz-Christian Strache, Vice Chancellor of Austria (assumed office in 2017) and leader of the Freedom Party of Austria
- Aleksandar Vučić, President of Serbia (assumed office in 2017) and leader of the Serbian Progressive Party
- Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic (assumed office in 2013)
- Abdulla Yameen, President of the Maldives (assumed office in 2013) and candidate of the Progressive Party of Maldives
The following parties have all been described in some way as being new nationalist parties:
- The Finns Party, a member of the governing coalition in Finland (from 2015 until party split in 2017)
- The National Alliance, a member of the governing coalition in Latvia (since 2016)
- The Slovak National Party, a member of the governing coalition in Slovakia (since 2016)
- The Swiss People's Party, a member of the governing coalition in Switzerland (since 2003)
- The United Patriots, a member of the governing coalition in Bulgaria (since 2014)
- The Sweden Democrats
- Alternative for Germany
- The Flemish Vlaams Belang
- The Dutch Forum for Democracy
- The Danish People's Party, which provides parliamentary support for the governing coalition in Denmark (since 2015)
- Pauline Hanson's One Nation, which holds the balance of power in the Australian Senate (since 2016)
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