The compromises that have tenuously held together the marriage of convenience that is the American body politic are eroding under unprecedented societal forces: shifting demographics, climate change, a global pandemic, mass unemployment, and massive economic inequality. These forces shock a nation like infidelity, job loss, or family pressures might shock a marriage.
William Nomikos is assistant professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis. He conducts research on politics in conflict settings, with ongoing projects in Mali, Liberia, and Burkina Faso. These studies examine the sources of post-conflict state legitimacy, drug trafficking, power-sharing, and violent extremism. Nomikos is working on a book manuscript investigating how local perceptions of international intervener bias shape the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations. He also manages a dataset of geocoded UN peacekeeping deployments.
Posts by William Nomikos
Dying is something we all do. Saints, film stars, Olympic athletes, con artists. I feel calmer every time another cool friend pulls it off; if all these smart, funny people have managed to die, could it be so awful to share their fate? Yet much of what we call culture is created to deny death, or at least distract us from it.