29 October 2016   1 comment

Virtually all the adults have been moved out of the refugee center in Calais and into small towns scattered all over France.  It remains to be seen whether the move will be successful.  If the French economy were booming, the chances for effective integration would be much higher.  But it certainly does not sound like there are many jobs for the migrants.  Nor does it seem like they are being welcomed by the residents of the smaller, agricultural areas.  It also appears as if many of the migrants have decided to remain in the larger cities, and are coping in ways that will likely make it difficult for all.

Belgium has decided to approved the trade pact with Canada despite the recent referendum results in the province of Wallonia.  The pact was therefore saved and the European Union will sign CETA.    The reasons for the affirmative vote are opaque.  Belgium declared that changes had been made to satisfy the agricultural interests in the country.  Canadian officials said that no part of the pact had been changed.  Obviously, there were some tense negotiations in Brussels and perhaps we will never know what happened.  But it was likely impossible for Belgium to resist the pressure of its much more powerful neighbors.  In this particular case, globalization has prevailed over nationalism.

The Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) Project is based at the College of William & Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR).  The project regularly polls IR scholars (they even ask me!!?!) about foreign policy issues.  Their most recent poll asked questions about US involvement in the global economy–essentially a question about support for globalization.  The discrepancy between IR scholars and the general public on this issue is stark, but it is clear that educational attainment is the critical variable.


Posted October 29, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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  1. I feel incredibly grateful for the fact that inspiring scholars (and especially you) are willing to share these professional views with us through carefully managed media sources like this current project above. The specific view of the IR scholars prompted me to rethink about my own conclusion on this important issue. I believed in the past that lack of experience in the field as well as lack of support from academia would deter the US from fully implementing a more globalized economic plan, or really any new plan derailing from the US’s current routine. But maybe there is a path that suites the US the best and that only the experts can correctly tell. Perhaps IR scholars’ vote for globalization considered all interests of the US and was supposed to guide the US through confusing times in economics and foreign policies like now. I’ll keep thinking about the opinions from the IR scholars as I go and hope for a more promising future of the US.


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