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An Unquiet World: Transatlantic Trump, Brexit and Beyond

29 Nov
Professor Amelia Hadfield from Canterbury Christchurch University in the UK will deliver the latest in the Jean Monnet Lecture series. Photo: James Newcombe.

Both Brexit and Trump highlight the rise of 'dog-whistle politics', according to the EU foreign affairs expert who will speak at UCC this afternoon (November 29). 

The Department of Government and Politics at UCC will welcome Professor Amelia Hadfield from Canterbury Christchurch University in the UK to deliver the latest in the Jean Monnet Lecture series.

"For many, Brexit represents a damaging and needless separation, for others, a convenient reason for economic discontent and social disenfranchisement. Brexit’s origins are similar to the populist discontent channelled by US President Trump in 2016, and again in this month’s mid-term elections," Professor Hadfield said. 
  
Professor Hadfield is currently completing research monographs on the development and application of sovereignty, contemporary foreign policy analysis, the foreign policy of EU Member States, as well as articles on EU-Russian energy geopolitics and a retrospective of the EU's neighbourhood policy.
 
"Both Brexit and Trump highlight the rise of 'dog-whistle politics' in which decade-long economic, multicultural, ideology and political trends have produced rabid polarisations and political gridlock, permitting little middle ground to understand the more complex roots and relations of these challenging times," Hadfield added. 
 
Dr Mary C. Murphy Lecturer, Department of Government & Politics, UCC, added: "From the EU to the US and beyond, shifting political dynamics have led to unexpected political victories including the election of President Donald Trump and the vote for the UK to leave the EU. Professor Hadfield’s lecture will identify and analyse the many complex factors which have produced these forces and influences, and critique their impact on the EU and the US at a time when Brexit is challenging and complicating EU-US relations."
 
Open to the public, the lecture will take place today (Thursday, November 29) from 1-2pm at Room 255 in the O'Rahilly Building, UCC. The UCC Jean Monnet Lecture Series is supported by the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet programme.

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Lynne Nolan, Media & PR Officer, UCC: 087 210 1119 or lynne.nolan@ucc.ie

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