Academic journal article Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations

Letter from the Editor

Academic journal article Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations

Letter from the Editor

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The fall of the Berlin Wall and the conclusion of the Cold War trig-gered an unprecedented wave of optimism in the international relations community. Great thinkers in the field touted the transformative nature of democracy and saw multilateralism as a means to end global conflict, freeing up the international community to tackle poverty, hunger, and other issues previously thought intractable.

Recent years, however, have proved that the path to a cooperative, liberal word order is more fraught than expected, if it is possible at all. A great wave of populist sentiment has injected a dose of volatility into the global landscape, bringing with it isolationism, retrenchment, and concerns of authoritarianism. When taken together, these shifts can trigger concern over the worlds' trajectory. However, when examined at a micro level, it becomes apparent that global sentiment is not a monolith, and each state and region is developing in its own unique manner.

For the Journal's 19th issue, we explore modern populism across the world. …

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