My research blends International Relations and Comparative Politics by looking at how international norms affect nation states. Most recently, I am looking at how international cooperation on cyber security is influenced national cyber security policies. I am teaching international relations at the University of Montana in Missoula and courses on international security issues for the International Security MA program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. My book The Will of Change: European Neighborhood Policy, institutional change and domestic actors in Morocco was published with Springer VS in 2016. Please browse around to find out more details about my research and teaching interests as well as my peer-reviewed publications and blog Transatlantic Cable.
While anti-establishment political movements have surged across most of Europe, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel continues to enjoy strong approval ratings despite now being well into her second decade as German chancellor. Indeed, as a beacon of political stability in a turbulent world, her popularity with German voters seems to only increase with each new European or global crisis. Is Merkel set to lead her party to a fourth federal election win, or will German voters surprise as voters have in recent elections in the U.S. and UK? Join UM faculty Larry Abramson (Journalism), Klaus Uhlenbruck (Business), Eva-Maria Maggi (Political Science), Marton Marko (German Studies) and UM student Autumn Fraser (Journalism) for a panel discussion on the potential outcomes of the general election in Germany, the country’s resistance to populism, and Germany’s evolving role in Europe and the world.
I am on live radio on Tuesday, May 23rd to discuss everything Europe: Brexit, elections in France, Germany and the UK and the transatlantic relationship.
KVOI Radio, The Buckmaster Show @ noon, AZ time. Tune in and call with questions!
I am invited to talk about the implications of cybersecurity for foreign policy. I have found in my research that cybersecurity policy – in theory and practice – is a new but also has many similarities to our modern making of policy. For foreign policy, there is a new, virtual dimension in which war is fought, trade is made and diplomacy is done. But while cyber has become a genetic part of foreign policy, it only assists in reaching well-known objectives.
Date: April 21, 2017 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Venue: Viscount Suite Hotel
More info on the TDGA website.
In this talk, I will challenge the notion that the European Union (EU) is disintegrating. Three times in the last year the European project has faced its greatest political and economic challenges in its 60 years of existence, but has become stronger in the process. First, the Greek debt crisis following in the wake of the global financial meltdown revealed the weaknesses of the single currency and brought the Eurozone to the brink of collapse. Next, conflict in the Middle East fueled a refugee migration that demanded a common European response and overstretched the political unity of the 28 member states of the European Union. Now, and for the first time ever, one of the EU’s core member states, the United Kingdom, has opted to leave the union. But while the Eurozone crisis, migration challenge and pending Brexit continue to challenge the core principles of the EU, all three resulted in a more politically and economically integrated Europe. Indeed, an EU that has become accustomed to functioning in crisis mode will ultimately be better equipped to face the challenges of global change and tumult.
University of Montana, Liberal Arts Bldg. 304/305
October, 4th @ 7pm