EU Views: William Keylor
Name: William “Bill” Keylor
Occupation(s): Professor of International Relations and History
at the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies
Connection to Europe: Prof. Keylor traveled while in college and studied in France on a Fulbright Scholarship. He specializes in ‘transatlantic relations’ and has been a visiting professor at Sciences Po (Paris), in addition to having worked in London for several years.
Date of interview: April 20, 2017
In this episode, William Keylor talks to Olya Yordanyan about the emerging future in Europe. He focusses on the role of France, both from a historical and a contemporary perspective, and offers an analysis of the long-term implications of the upcoming French presidential election. He explains how economic strains and a concomitant identity crisis=are the contributing to the rise of populist movements in Europe, and warns of the dangers represented by political parties claiming to be the “voice of the people.” Keylor also discusses the threat of Russia and the future of transatlantic security and the EU’s common security and defense policy (CSDP). He ends on a positive note, arguing that we must remain optimistic and celebrate the massive achievements of the European project since the end of WW II.