In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today. Lead by volunteer moderators, participants will engage in moderated discussions with their fellow citizens. This year’s topics will include Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East: Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S.-China Trade, Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy.
This week’s topic is The Rise of Populism in Europe. Mass migration, and the problems associated with it, have directly abetted the rise of populist parties in Europe. Opposition to immigration was the prime driver of support for Brexit, it brought a far-right party to the German Bundestag for the first time since the 1950s, and propelled Marine Le Pen to win a third of the vote in the French presidential election. In addition to calling for stronger borders, however, these parties are invariably illiberal, anti-American, anti-NATO and pro-Kremlin, making their rise a matter of serious concern for the national security interests of the United States.
Fee: $225, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Scholarships available. Books will be available for shipment or pickup the first week of January.
All sessions will be held at the Aspen Meadows Campus, 1000 N Third St, Aspen, CO 81611, unless noted otherwise.
This series is now full. If you’d like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org.