Right-wing populism has experienced an upsurge in Europe in recent years. In Poland and Hungary, populists govern and in Germany, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) could secure as much as 10 percent of the vote in the September federal elections. On the other hand, Marine Le Pen in France, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, and Norbert Hofer in Austria have failed—and the rise of Donald Trump and the early direction of his presidency could be in part to blame.
Join the World Affairs Council and the Seattle Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany in welcoming Eckart Woertz, Senior Fellow at the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB), for an overview of recent development in Europe and an analysis of the impact of populism.
A light breakfast will be provided.
About the speaker:
Eckart Woertz is a Senior Research Fellow at CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, a scientific advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po in Paris, and a lecturer at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). Previously, he was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, Director of Economic Studies at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai, and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He is author of Oil for Food (Oxford University Press 2013) and has published numerous journal articles on development issues in the Middle East. He is on the editorial boards of Food Security and the Journal of Arabian Studies and holds a PhD in economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg.
About the moderator:
Simon Liepold works in Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department, defining and managing a number of select, cross-departmental initiatives and projects within the Office of the President. In his 8 year career at the company, he has worked in Microsoft's US based Global Government Affairs Team and in the German subsidiary in various roles and segments, including public relations, corporate affairs and the company’s small and midsize business group. Simon holds a Master of Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA. Simon is a World Affairs Council 2016-2017 Fellow.