Professor of Political Science, University of Maine at Farmington
Scott Erb is a professor of Political Science at the University of Maine at Farmington, specializing in international relations, foreign policy, and the European Union. Scott earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1994 and has been at UMF since 1996. Scott’s research focus is on Germany and the EU, and he has published a book: German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era(2003). His current research project involves investigating how the European Union can be a model for politics in the era of globalization.
Presentation topic:“The Syrian Crisis: ISIS and Refugees”
In the summer of 2014 a powerful force emerged in Syria and Iraq – The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh. In a brutal genocidal campaign ISIS terrorized civilians and soon controlled considerable territory and wealth. This intensified the refugee crisis of people fleeing the violence; from mid-2014 to mid-2015 over a million refugees entered the EU; by 2017 the number will reach 3 million. Yet even as Europe tries to cope with this humanitarian crisis, terrorism and threats from ISIS in Europe rise, leading to a backlash against the refugees. This talk examines the crisis and it’s long term implication focusing on the situation in Syria and Iraq, the impact on the European Union, and the potential role of the US.