DIS Hosts the Consequences of Anti-Globalization on Trade, Welfare, People, and Politics Panel

On February 10th, DIS, in conjunction with the International Business and Politics department at Copenhagen Business School hosted several experts in global politics to share their views with students about the ongoing implications of anti-globalization around the world.

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The central questions of the panel were: Can we better understand criticism against globalization? Moreover, can we combat anti-globalization by taking serious political initiatives to manage globalization?

In the heat of America´s polarizing election, the increase of nationalistic mentalities in European countries, the UK´s decision to withdraw from the Union, and the controversial presidential election in France this year— there is an urgency to discuss the prevalence of resistance to globalization happening in the world.

DIS faculty member and an attendee of the event, Michael Hedegaard, shared his highlight of the discussion:

“The most heated debate was around whether populist movements around the globe have the effect of sharpening arguments in political debates and in this way help move political debates and politics in necessary directions.”

Michael also noted that the panel experts, along with students, came to a mutual understanding at the end of the debate:

“We are at an important junction in history at the moment and it is highly important for everyone to raise their voices in such times.”

A special thanks to our panelists:

  • Leif Beck Fallesen, Columnist, Former editor of Børsen (“Danish Financial Times”)
  • David Trads, Journalist, writer, columnist
  • Eddie Ashbee, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School
  • Herman Mark Schwartz, Professor, University of Virginia

After the panel event, students had the chance to ask any lingering questions to the panelists and continue their ongoing discussions over refreshments and pizza.

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