About the Keynote

While the European Union claims to be committed to democracy, in recent years it has allowed some member state governments – most notably in Hungary and Poland – to backslide toward authoritarianism by attacking judicial independence, press freedom, and other fundamental democratic values. Now the EU has become stuck in an “autocracy trap”, in which hybrid authoritarian regimes are able to thrive within the Union, making a mockery of its professed values while benefiting from its subsidies. In this talk, Prof. Kelemen will examine the political factors behind this autocracy trap, outline the steps EU leaders would need to take to escape it, and assess the prospects of their doing so.

About Daniel Kelemen

Prof. R. Daniel Kelemen is McCourt Chair at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and Professor of Law (by courtesy) at Georgetown Law. Kelemen’s research interests include the politics and law of the European Union, comparative politics and law, and comparative public policy. He is author or editor of six books and author of over one hundred articles and book chapters. Kelemen previously held faculty positions at Rutgers University and the University of Oxford.  He has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, a visiting fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Studies at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. Kelemen is a Senior Associate (Non-Resident), in the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic andInternational Studies (CSIS). He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association. He was educated at UC Berkeley (A.B. Sociology) and Stanford (M.A. and Ph.D. Political Science).