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Perry World House, Penn’s Campus, February 21, 2024

The World of the Right: Radical Conservatism and the Global Order

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM ET

Perry World House, the University of Pennsylvania’s hub for global engagement

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The contemporary radical Right movement is no longer merely a series of nationalist projects, but a phenomenon spanning the globe and affecting different forms of government in a variety of ways. Radical conservative thinkers have developed long-term counter-hegemonic strategies to challenge prevailing social and political orders. Even though this movement is unified across countries and societies, it does seek to mobilize alliances against a common enemy, global managerial elites who are accused of undermining national sovereignty, traditional values, and cultures. This has resulted in entanglements with actors in countries like Xi Jinping’s China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

How do radical conservatives forge relationships across the globe? What sorts of policies do these groups share in common? How do they utilize rhetoric to gain support from the electorate? As 2024 shapes up to be an important year for elections around the world, join Perry World House for this timely conversation on right-wing politics with authors of World of the Right: Radical Conservatism and Global Order.

Speakers

Rita Abrahamsen is Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. She is the author of Security Beyond the State: Private Security in International  Politics (with M.C. Williams) and Disciplining Democracy: Development Discourse and Good Governance in Africa.

Michael C. Williams is the University Research Chair in Global Political Thought in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. His research interests are in International Relations theory, security studies, and political thought.

Srdjan Vucetic is Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada. His research interests lie in International Relations theory, security studies, and foreign and defence policy analysis. His latest book is Greatness and Decline: National Identity and British Foreign Policy (McGill-Queen’s, 2021).

Alexandra Gheciu is a Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) at the University of Ottawa. She is the author of Security Entrepreneurs: Performing Protection in Post-Cold War Europe (Oxford University Press, 2018). She was a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, and the 2022 MINDS Research Fellow at the NATO Defence College (Rome).

Moderator

Sam Adler-Bell is a writer in New York City. He co-hosts “Know Your Enemy,” a podcast about the American right. His work has appeared in the New York TimesThe New RepublicNew York Magazine, and Dissent.