From Brexit to the debt crisis to a backlash against migration, the European project – once a model of democracy and prosperity – is increasingly under strain. International relations expert William Clapton speaks with a panel of the Festival’s most astute political thinkers about the future of the continent in the face of an ascendant far-right, growing isolationism, discontent over austerity and deep-rooted economic challenges. Featuring journalist for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz Anshel Pfeffer, Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran and editor of Australian Foreign Affairs Jonathan Pearlman.

Ece Temelkuran is supported by Rowena Danziger AM and Ken Coles AM.

Ece Temelkuran (International)

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Ece Temelkuran is one of Turkey's best-known novelists and political commentators, and her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Der Spiegel. She has been twice recognised as Turkey's most read political columnist, and twice rated as one of the ten most influential people in social media (with 3 million Twitter followers). Her recent novel Women Who Blow on Knots won the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award and her new book is How to Lose a Country, a field guide to spotting the insidious patterns and mechanisms of the populist wave sweeping the globe.

Anshel Pfeffer (International)

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Anshel Pfeffer has covered Israeli politics and global affairs for two decades. He is a senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and the Israel correspondent for The Economist. Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu, is Pfeffer’s deeply reported biography of the scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister. The New York Times says that “Pfeffer is one of the smartest and most prolific of Israel’s younger generation of journalists” and that Bibi is “superbly timed.” Anshel lives in Jerusalem.

Jonathan Pearlman (Australian)

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Jonathan Pearlman is the editor of Australian Foreign Affairs, launched in October 2017. He has been a correspondent for The Telegraph (UK) and The Straits Times (Singapore) and worked at The Sydney Morning Herald, covering foreign affairs and politics from Canberra and Sydney. His work has appeared in Australian Book Review, The Diplomat, Good Weekend, Jerusalem Report, The Spectator and other publications.

William Clapton (Australian)

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William Clapton is a senior lecturer in International Relations at UNSW Sydney. He is the author of Risk and Hierarchy in International Society: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era and has published articles in International Relations, Politics, International Politics and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. His current research interests include Australian foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific region, security and risk, the immigration policies of the Trump administration, and popular culture and world politics.