Professor of Government, Suffolk University; CES Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, Seminar Co-chair, & Local Affiliate, Harvard University
February 25, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Europe is at the center of two defining
trends in international politics today: renewed great power competition and the
resurgence of global authoritarianism. Amidst the rise of nationalist and
authoritarian-leaning governments within the EU and NATO, Europe is
increasingly vulnerable to Russian and Chinese influence.
In this context, Jessica Brandt and Torrey Taussig argue in Washington Quarterlythat Russia and China are carrying out strategies across Europe at the expense
of free and open societies, but that Europe has been slow to forge a counter-strategy.
This conversation will highlight a spectrum of Russian and
Chinese overt and covert activities in Europe, ranging from benign state tools,
such as public diplomacy, to more malevolent efforts, including direct
interference in electoral processes. Moving forward, it will be incumbent on
European policymakers to avoid looking any one vector in isolation and to close
vulnerabilities across their political systems, economies and societies.