Do They Mix? Europe’s Refugee Crisis

How do we account for the hostility towards the refugees in Europe? How will the EU continue to deal with the crisis? Does it threaten EU stability? What does this mean for Europe? What is next? Find the answers to these questions and more on January 18th. We invite you to join us.

Syrian refugees strike in front of Budapest Keleti railway station. Refugee crisis. Budapest, Hungary, Central Europe, 3 September 2015.

Wednesday, January 18, 3:00 pm.
Policy Lab, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania.

Panel Participants:

Samer Abboud s Associate Professor of International Studies at the Department of Historical and Political Studies, Arcadia University. His areas of focus include Syria, Lebanon, political economy, conflict and reconstruction, and violence. Dr. Abboud is the author of Syria (Polity Press, 2015) and the co-author of Rethinking Hizballah: Authority, Legitimacy, Violence (Ashgate, 2012). He holds a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter (UK). He is a frequent contributor to Aljazeera His focus is on Syria and Lebanon, political economy, conflict and reconstruction, and violence.

Salam Al Kuntar  is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2009. Her research interests centre upon the archaeology of the Near East exploring a wide variety of themes such as ancient economy and urbanism, human mobility and cultural boundaries, forced migration, archaeology and cultural heritage. She has long worked for the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums in Syria and participated in numerous archaeological projects. She is the co-director of the Tell Hamoukar Project in northeast Syria.

Frank Trommler is a professor  Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught courses in German language, literature and culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and, since 1985, also in Comparative Literature. He chaired the Department in 1980-86 and several times since 1994 as acting chair. In 1996-2000 he also served as acting chair of Penn’s Department of Slavic Languages. Emeritus professor since 2007, Trommler published the first comprehensive study of German cultural diplomacy with France, Britain, United States, Russia, Poland, and Italy in 2014 under the title, Kulturmacht ohne Kompass: Deutsche auswärtige Kulturbeziehungen im 20. Jahrhundert (Cologne: Böhlau).


Mitchell Orenstein, a staple at our events, is a scholar of international politics focusing on the political economy of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, pension privatization worldwide, and the role of policy paradigms in economic reform.  His research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, international political economy, and global public policy, employing a problem-driven research approach based on asking big, policy-relevant questions and answering them through carefully designed, in-depth field research. His book Roma in an Expanding Europe: Breaking the Poverty Cycle, co-authored with Dena Ringold and Erika Wilkens, is a seminal study of Roma poverty, sociology, and public health.  It won the Voter’s Choice Award for the most innovative analytical and advisory activity and the World Bank Europe/Central Asia Knowledge Fair in 2004. Orenstein’s teaching encompasses the fields of comparative politics, European studies, and international political economy.  He teaches an elective course on Europe and its Eastern Neighborhood at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, which analyzes the geopolitical competition between the European Union and Russia over the political and economic futures of the countries in between. Most recently, he contributed to our Neoliberalism event.