On October 4, 2016, CGS hosted a discussion that explored the ideological, political, and economic connections between increasingly strong populist and anti-globalization movements worldwide. Many of these political and social movements share characteristics such as a rejection of globalization, disengagement from global systems, anti-immigration fervor, and tendencies toward nationalistic rhetoric. The discussion featured the following scholars who discussed these trends and offered some insights based on their expertise:
Edward A. Kolodziej, Ph.D., is Emeritus Research Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security at UIUC.
Hadi Salehi Esfahani, Ph.D., is a Professor of Economics and Business Administration at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UIUC. His theoretical and empirical research is in the field of political economy of development. His work focuses on the role of politics and governance in fiscal, trade, labor, and regulatory policies.
Kostas Kourtikakis, Ph.D., is a Teaching Associate Professor of Political Science at UIUC. His research interests lie in comparative politics, international relations, Western European politics, the European Union, and education.
Maxime H. A. Larivé, Ph.D., is Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies at the European Union Center at UIUC. His main areas of research include European security and defense, transatlantic relations, energy security, and trade relations between the EU and the US.
Parthiban Muniandy, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests lie in critical and global ethnography, transnational sociology, labor migration, and postcolonial theory.