The United States and its European partners are witnessing the largest mass movement of people since the end of the Second World War. Millions of migrants from troubled states are seeking security and prosperity. This unexpected flow of people is presenting Western governments with a panoply of challenges. First among them is the capacity to absorb and assimilate new residents, who come from quite different cultural backgrounds. These differences in turn are making unprecedented demands on Western economies, legal systems and social services. Migration is also provoking reactions in destination countries. These past several years have shown a surge in populist and nationalistic politics in the West. What are we to make of this new dimension of globalization? The seminar will address the causes that are driving people to leave their native countries. It will also compare how the United States and Europe are struggling to manage their respective migration challenges.
Optional Reading: Borderless Economics by Robert Guest. MacMillan, 2011,
ISBN Number 978-0-230-11382-4
Strangers in Our Midst: The Political Philosophy of Immigration by David Miller,
Harvard University Press, 2016, ISBN Number 978 06 749 86787
Christopher Murray ’75 recently concluded a 40-year career in the United States Foreign Service. His assignments included service as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo, Political Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander for NATO Forces in Europe, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels. He was also posted in Lebanon, Algeria, Syria, Tunisia, Jamaica, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His assignments at the State Department in Washington, DC, dealt with UN political affairs, non-proliferation, the Horn of Africa, and NATO. After graduating from Lawrence, Ambassador Murray received a J.D. from Cornell Law School. He resides in Brussels, Belgium.