Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Christopher Toulouse, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Dotan Leshem, Ph.D.


Throughout the world, regardless of economic status, there have been multiple complications with the lives and experiences of minorities in multiethnic state populations. Research regarding multiethnic state populations either have a Western focus or contrast non-Western multiethnic cultural formations from Western ones. Neither of these trends fully delve into the heart of this global issue. The inquiry examines whether or not a fully functional multiethnic state can exist in today’s world. By studying two emerging middle powers, Nigeria and Pakistan, it would be an indicator as to whether or not a nation state of this construction is plausible for not only these countries but others with similar compositions. After analyzing ethnic overlap, wealth and standard of living, and nationalism in these two countries, the conclusion asserts this type of government in its current formation is not feasible. It recommends a communal federalist structure to better address the needs of all ethnic groups.