Author Biography

Karl Umbrasas, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and a forensic psychology fellow on active duty in the U.S. Army. Dr. Umbrasas holds an M.S. in intelligence management and an M.S. in terrorism and counterterrorism studies from Henley-Putnam University.



Subject Area Keywords

Europe and EU, Fundamentalism, Globalization and global change, Security policy, Sociocultural dynamics in security


This article examines the current rise of Western nationalism. The deleterious effects of globalization have inflicted a narcissistic injury on vulnerable groups in Western society. The affected masses seek affiliation with an ideology that empowers them and that has the potential to effect change in their favor. A range of security issues are inherent in this psychopolitical phenomenon, including a rise in ethno-nationalist terrorism. Policy makers must reconsider global policy in a manner that takes this psychopolitical phenomenon into consideration.