"Germany’s 2017 Elections:  Merkel’s to Lose?" UM panel discussion on 9/20, 1:30pm, DHC 119
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
I will be discussing everything Europe on the Buckmaster Show, May 23rd @ noon. Tune in and call with questions!
I am invited to talk for the Tucson Greater Decision Association about cyber security and foreign policy. The event is open to the public.
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...
Op ed for the Arizona Daily Star. For fans of direct democracy, the recent Brexit vote is good news. The majority of British people took the course of the nation into their own hands and voted against the advice of every major international institution, politician and expert. The UK is leaving the EU after 43 years, not because of some political crisis or diplomatic wrangle, but because the British people opted for this option in a national referendum. As an exercise in direct democracy, the...
Samara Klar, one of my colleagues at the University of Arizona, started womenalsoknowstuff.com, a wonderful website to diversify academic voices in the Media. I am listed (search for my last name) and welcoming media contacts about my research areas.
This book argues that the European Union (EU) had an impact on institutional reform processes in North Africa in cases where major domestic actors agreed. I analyze how political actors in Morocco used EU neighborhood policies to shape economic and environmental policy between 1995 and 2008. It was not the design of the EU‘s neighborhood policies but rather the will of change of domestic actors in Morocco that determined the pace, direction of reform and the extent to which the EU continues...
Many European observers had initially hoped the Arab Spring would lead to similar democratic outcomes in the Middle East and North Africa as occurred in the 1990s across Central and Eastern Europe, but we now know it did not. According to Freedom House, the countries in the MENA region are less free now than they were before the protests began. Libya and Syria are de facto failed states, and Egypt is under military rule; Tunisia is the lone exception. Meanwhile, those regimes that stayed in...

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