"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 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.

Live on the Radio about Europe

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!  


Talk on: New technologies, old challenges: Cybersecurity and foreign policy

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



Upcoming talk: Euro, Refugees, Brexit: why Europe needs crises to survive

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


Watch my CMES talk online

Euro-Mediterranean Relations after the Arab Spring

Persistence in Times of Change - out now!


  • The ‘Arab Spring’ triggered paradigmatic shifts but, despite these changes, much in the Euro-Mediterranean region remains the same. Utilising ‘Logics of Action’, an innovative theoretical framework designed to capture the complexity of political interaction in one of the fastest changing regions in the world, this book discusses developments in the region before and after the Arab Spring that can be characterised by a continuation of the norm. Expert contributors identify patterns of interaction between governmental institutions, economic entrepreneurs, religious groups and other diverse actors that withstood these historical changes and explore why these relationships have proved so robust. Connecting a unique sample of case studies on changing and persistent ‘Logics of Action’ within the Euro-Mediterranean space this book provides a pivotal contribution to our understanding of political interaction between North Africa, the Middle East and the European Union. Offering a completely new perspective on the events of the ‘Arab Spring’ it identifies something that seems paradoxical at first sight; persistence in times of radical change.