Domestic politics and foreign policies

London Met's Dr Angelos Chryssogelos will discuss whether European foreign policy populism is all that different, at a British International Studies Association conference on 23 June.

Date: 23 June 2021

London Met's Dr Angelos Chryssogelos is set to take part in a conference on 23 June, run by the British International Studies Association (BISA) and sponsored by Chatham House. The event is one of three making up the #BISA2021 conference series, featuring experts on domestic politics and foreign policy.

It has become conventional wisdom that domestic political interests, popular attitudes and movements are inserting themselves in new ways in foreign policy - from Brazil to the EU to India to the United States. But is this process different from the past ways in which domestic interests and sentiment influenced foreign policies? Is it possible that just the voices and constituencies have shifted and not the ways those have been articulated and their concrete impact on public debate over foreign policy and specific policies?

Using case studies in Europe, the Americas and Asia, this roundtable will explore three key questions: 

  1. to what extent are domestic politics shaping foreign policy decisions?
  2. to what extent is the influence of domestic politics and constituencies different then in the past? and
  3. in what ways are these trends provoking rhetorical, symbolic and – most important – substantive changes in foreign policies?  

Dr Chryssogelos will deliver a talk called ‘Is European Foreign Policy Populism that Different?’.

He will be joined by Dr Gareth Price (Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House), Dr Christopher Sabatini (Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House), and Elena Lazarou (Associate Fellow, Chatham House), for the event, which will be chaired by Dr Renata Dwan (Deputy Director, Chatham House).