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On Tuesday, March 12th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our fourth discussion will be “The Rise of Populism in Europe.” Facilitator Paul DeBell will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues.

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. Follow this link to the Glossary for this program.

Paul DeBell has been an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Fort Lewis College since 2016.  Previously, he was a teaching associate at The Ohio State University, focusing on American foreign policy and modern democratic politics. His expertise is in Comparative Politics, Political Psychology, Populism and Anti-Establishment Movements, Campaigns and Elections, Political Communications and Media, Democratization, and Post-Communist Politics. Paul received both his Ph.D. and M.A, in Political Science from Ohio State, where he received numerous fellowships, including the Distinguished University Fellowship in 2014, and the FLAS academic year fellowship for Russian, Center for Slavic and East European Studies in 2010. Paul received his B.A. in Government and Philosophy from the College of William & Mary.  

Paul loves learning about other cultures and their languages. In addition to English, he is fluent in Hungarian and conversant in Russian and Spanish.  His teaching and research focuses on the interactions between political elites and voters, particularly the uses of emotional appeals and the dynamics of ideological thinking. During his dissertation fieldwork in Budapest, he had the honor to work from the Political Science Department at Central European University.

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We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.

Briefing Book
The Great Decisions briefing book is designed to deepen your understanding of the issues and prepare you to discuss solutions. There is one book at the library that you may read, and you can order them from the Foreign Policy Association

More Information

Follow this link to a complete 2019 discussion schedule. More information about Great Decisions can be found on the websites, Foreign Policy Association and the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.
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