Author Biography

Dr. Abelardo Rodriguez is a professor and researcher at the Department of International Studies of the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and is a National Researcher at the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico.



Subject Area Keywords

Europe and EU, International security, National security, Security studies


Brexit and America First are undeniable examples of a return to state-based politics. This article examines the dichotomy of identity and the state, which has given rise to imperial nostalgia. Nevertheless, the decisions of the elites and the dominant majorities may lead to the fragmentation of the United Kingdom. London has shown itself to be weak in the face of China, Russia, and India and it is not clear if, over the long term, it will be influential in the global political struggles in which the latter countries are challenging the power of the United States. There are even doubts as to whether the United Kingdom can articulate a strategic alliance with the United States, due to their respective differences over relations with China and Russia. The dispute for world hegemony is also being challenged by the forces of surveillance capitalism, which not only threatens regional cooperation and immigration, but also the ecosystem and the very future of the species.


I would like to thank Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana for all its support in allowing me to conduct research at King’s College in London from June 15 to 30, 2018, and in Brussels from July 1 to 4, 2018, which allowed me to enrich this project. I would also like to thank the Foreign Relations Secretariat’s International Cooperation Department in Mexico, which made this research abroad possible. At King’s College, the support of the Centre for Grand Strategy was essential for the development of my work, particularly from colleagues such as John Bew and Alexis Herrera. I would also like to thank my research assistants Emiliano Hernández Torres, Daniela Valle and Luis León Hernández. Finally, the only person responsible for the contents of this article is its author.