I gave a talk last week on “The Rise of Populism” as part of WorldBoston’s Great Decisions series. The series is the largest nonpartisan public education program on international affairs in the world. Created in the 1950s by the Foreign Policy Association, a sister World Affairs Council, Great Decisions engages citizens in learning about critical global issues and U.S. foreign policy.
You can watch the talk here:
I covered a range of topics including how mass migration and the problems associated with it have directly abetted the rise of populist parties in Europe. I also looked at how opposition to immigration became the prime driver of support for Brexit, 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 elections. In addition to calling for stronger borders, 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.
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