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Divisions in the Western Liberal Consensus

2023 Summer Conference:

Divisions in the Western Liberal Consensus

The Salvatori Center and the CMC Policy Lab recently hosted a special conference in Saint-Paul de Vence, France, where a group of US and European scholars convened to discuss how to strengthen democratic institutions in the US and the EU.


Zachary Courser

Co-Director, CMC Policy Lab

Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center


Aurelian Crăiuțu

Political Science Chair,

Indiana University Bloomington


Michael Fortner

CMC; Criminal Justice Senior Fellow, Niskanen Center


Eric Helland

Co-Director, CMC Policy Lab


Maya Kandel

Associate Researcher at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3


Laurence Nardon

Head of North American Program, Institut Français des Relations Internationales

Peter Neumann

Professor of Security Studies 

King's College, London


Mathilde Philip-Gay

Co-Director of the Center on Constitutional Rights, Universitè Lyon III


Invasion of Ukraine

The conference encompassed two full days of discussions in a seminar format led by various experts.

The first day's discussion centered on the lure of illiberalism, populism, nationalism and how these idealistic divisions have been strengthened by the Russian War in Ukraine.

The second day addressed western liberal policies that have been impacted by these challenges, such as foreign, defense and economic policies.


Dalibor Rohac

American Enterprise Institute Fellow


Jon Shields

CMC; Co-Director of the Open Academy


George Thomas

CMC; Director of the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom

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