When: May 31, 2014
From: 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Topic: Angela Merkel – Redefining Leadership in German Politics
Speaker: Dr. Mary Hampton, Air Command and Staff College
Cost: $15 CIR Members: $20 Non-members & Guests
Location: Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail
As The Economist wrote recently, “Since the financial crisis erupted five years ago, the leaders of most big European countries—Britain, France, Italy, Spain—have been unceremoniously dumped by their voters. Yet on September 22nd Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, won a landslide victory, boosting her Christian Democrats’ share of the vote to its highest since unification in 1990. Such a remarkable win after eight years in office during such a rocky period makes her the undisputed leader not just of Germany but of Europe.” Dr. Hampton’s talk will focus on Merkel’s leadership style and how it reveals changes in German political culture since the Second World War. She will explore the changes that emerged in German politics regarding the role of women generally, especially the gradual erosion of the kinder, kueche, kirche paradigm. The rise of women in government culminated in Merkel’s election, although many feminists questioned her credentials and she was often dismissed as Helmut Kohl’s “little girl” ally. Dr. Hampton will analyze Merkel’s governing style and leadership appeal as she has evolved to become the most popular leader in Europe
Dr. Mary Hampton is an Associate Dean of Academics and past Professor of National Security at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. In 2013, she published A Thorn in Trans-Atlantic Relations: U.S. and European Perceptions of Threat and Security, and she has co-edited an earlier book on German politics, and written another book on US foreign policy and Germany, as well as numerous articles on women and German politics. She has also written and presented on a wide range of European political and security issues.
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