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Dalibor Rohac presents 'A Conservative Case for the EU'

When May 25, 2016
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Room 138, Alison Richard Building
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Dalibor Rohac presents 'A Conservative Case for the EU'

Where: Room 138, Alison Richard Building
When: 1-2pm, 25 May 2016
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The Forum on Geopolitics at POLIS is delighted to host Dalibor Rohac, discussing the key arguments of his new book, 'Towards an Imperfect Union: A Conservative Case for the EU'.

About this event

In today's Europe, deep cracks are showing in the system of political cooperation that was designed to prevent a recurrence of the geopolitical catastrophes that ravaged the continent in the first half of the twentieth century. Europeans are haunted, once again, by the specters of nationalism, fascism, and economic protectionism. Instead of sounding the alarm, many conservatives have become cheerleaders for the demise of the European Union.

Dalibor Rohac will offer a systematic justification of the European project from a free-market, conservative viewpoint. Although many of the conservatives' criticisms are justified, Dalibor Rohac contends that Eurosceptics are playing a dangerous game. Their rejection of European integration places them in the unsavory company of nationalists, left-wing radicals, and Putin apologists. Their defense of the nation-state against Brussels, furthermore, is ahistorical. The flourishing of democracy and free markets in Europe has gone hand in hand with the integration project. Europe's pre-EU past, in contrast, is marked by a series of geopolitical calamities. Instead of advocating for the end of the EU, conservatives must come to the rescue of the integration project by helping to reduce the EU's democratic deficit and turning it into an engine of economic dynamism and prosperity.

About Dalibor Rohac

Dalibor Rohac is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies European political and economic trends. He is the author of 'Towards an Imperfect Union: A Conservative Case for the EU' (Rowman & Littlefield, May 2016)

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Early praise for 'Towards an imperfect union'

"If you think that 'Euroscepticism' is a conservative project, then think again: Dalibor Rohac makes the Hayekian case for the European Union – and it will surprise you."
-Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

"Dalibor Rohac has written a very important book: He convincingly undermines the arguments of the fundamentalist opponents of the European Union while equally skillfully unmasking its weaknesses and excesses and pointing out what are the necessary reforms in the EU."
-Leszek Balcerowicz, Professor of Economics, Warsaw School of Economics, Chairman of the Board, FOR Foundation, and former Minister of Finance, Poland

"Timely, powerfully argued and well researched — Rohac nails the factual errors and logical flaws in the conservative Eurosceptic case."
-Edward Lucas, Senior Editor, The Economist

"Dalibor Rohac's 'Towards an Imperfect Union' is perfectly timed before the British referendum on staying or leaving the European Union. Nor could his 'Conservative Case for the EU' be more precisely targeted. The author has the perfect credentials too: a Central European Thatcherite working at the Republican-leaning American Enterprise Institute. Conservatives — that is people whom Edmund Burke and Adam Smith would recognize as such — should urgently consider what is nostalgia for the world of Westphalian nation-states and what is the least bad really existing arrangement for the European half of the Western world. Mr. Rohac provides persuasive arguments for improving rather than dismantling the EU. A welcome voice of reason in a dangerously unhinged world."
-Radosław Sikorski, Senior Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland

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