Organization: American Graduate School in Paris
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Globalism’s intermingling of ideas, livelihoods, and people is creating a schism between and within states. The great schisms in the past revolved around Capitalism vs Communism, Left vs Right, Social Conservative vs Social Liberal, etc. The new schism pulls people from both left and right to deposit them into modern political and social affiliations with names such as Cosmopolitan vs Nationalist, Closed Society vs Open Society, Populist vs Pluralist, the Haves vs the Have-Nots, etc. At its root is the oldest concept of all – Us vs Them.
This one-day conference will look at how the rise of populism and ethnocentrism is challenging globalism, and how these forces and the tension between them are affecting various aspects of international affairs. We hope to bring together inquisitive graduate and postgraduate students, as well as practitioners from NGOs, government agencies and intergovernmental organizations to review and assess, that which challenges the notions of globalism and populism in today’s international arena. This conference seeks to expand the discourse on the political, economic and social implications and drivers of globalism as nations reexamine policies in response to rising populism, as well as further our understanding of the various causes and drivers of populism. Attendance is open to all.
Note that the topic you choose should relate back to the field of International Relations and Populism.
What are drivers of the populist trend:
Economic, identity, political, e.g., America First.
What are possible consequences of adopting populist policies:
For the people of that country, inter-state relations, businesses, the environment, and the regional or international alliances with global governance, e.g., Brexit.
What are possible solutions:
In managing changes caused by populist policies, and more globalization, e.g., immigration, refugees, expats, businesses, etc.
List of possible themes, or possible topics to expound further:
Economics and Globalism:
Globalization’s Deficiencies, Globalization’s Lack of Environmental Sustainability in a Growing Economy, Cultural Globalization, Global Economic Interdependence, The Elephant Chart, Economic neocolonialism, Contemporary Consumption; Transnational Corporations.
Identity and populism:
Cultural Globalization, Migrants/Refugees Influence on Populism or Brexit, Populism vs Nationalism vs Globalism vs Cosmopolitanism, Sovereignty, Identity Politics; Mobs and Militias – the Rise of Violent Extremism, Populism in Africa, Brexit & Other Secessions.
Big Power Countries Choices, International vs Domestic Law, Insufficient Global Governance, Transnational Corporations, Geopolitics.