Europe is facing a rise in populist nationalism internally and territorial aggression from Russia externally that threatens its core liberal, democratic values and its relatively peaceful coexistence of the past 70 years. James Kirchick, foreign correspondent and expert on Europe, will discuss the uncertain future for the continent at a LAWAC Global Cafe breakfast on Thursday, April 27th. From the anti-immigrant sentiments in the Brexit vote in the UK to the rise of far right parties like Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France, Europe is facing profound political change. Kirchick will talk about rising tensions between Europeans and Muslim minorities as many countries tire of taking in refugees from the troubled Middle East. He will also discuss the territorial ambitions of Russia and the Kremlin’s meddling in European and American politics. Kirchick will also touch on America’s changing relationship with Europe under the new administration of President Trump.
James Kirchick is a journalist and foreign correspondent currently based in Washington. He has reported from Southern and North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, across the European continent, and the Caucasus. He is a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative in Washington, D.C., a correspondent for The Daily Beast and is a columnist for Tablet. His first book, “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age” is published by Yale University Press.