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Sunny Hundal

Sunny Hundal is a journalist, commentator and occasional writer. His Primary focus is on the issue of identity, religion and extremism of all kinds. He was a columnist at the Hindustan Times, and contributes regularly to the Independent, among othe

He is editor of Barfi Culture, a news-magazine for the South Asian diaspora. He was previously editor of one of Britain’s biggest blogs, Liberal Conspiracy. Before that he was editor of Asians in Media magazine. He also wrote a mini-book for the Guardian titled: ‘India Dishonoured – Behind a nationals war on women’.

Email: sunnyh@liberalconspiracy.org  | Twitter: @sunny_hundal

 

 

Professor Cas Mudde

Cas Mudde is Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor at the University in Georgia and a Researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo in Norway. He is a specialist in the rise of the far right and populist politics around the world.

His research agenda addresses the question: how can liberal democracies defend themselves against political challenges without undermining their core values? Most of his work has focused on political challenges from the far right in Europe and North America, while more recent work has looked at animal rights and environmentalist activists in western democracies, and populists across the globe. He is currently co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research (EJPR), the flagship journal of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

He is the (co)author or (co-)editor of some 15 books, including, more recently, The Far Right in America (Routledge, 2018), The Populist Radical Right: A Reader (Routledge, 2016), SYRIZA: The Failure of the Populist Promise (Palgrave, 2017), and Populism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017), On Extremism and Democracy in Europe (Routledge, 2016), Political Extremism (4 Volumes, SAGE, 2014), Youth and the Extreme Right (IDEBATE, 2014), and Populism in Europe and the Americas: Threat or Corrective for Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He is working on three new books over the coming years: The Israeli Settler Movement: Assessing and Explaining the Success of Social Movements (for Cambridge University Press), Politics in Populist Times (for Hurst Publishers), and The Populist Radical Right in the 21st Century (for Cambridge University Press).

His work has been awarded several (international) awards, including the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany and the SPIA Research Award at the University of Georgia. His book Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe(Cambridge University Press, 2007) won the 2008 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science and was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice.

He has been consulted by a broad variety of state and non-state institutions, including the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, Council of Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK), Hope not Hate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Israel), Prime Minister’s Office (Sweden), Southern Poverty Law Center, US Helsinki Committee, and US State Department. He is regularly interviewed by media around the world (including by BBC, CNN, Deutsche Welle, Guardian, Le Monde, New York Times, Reuters, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post) and a frequent contributor to EurozineGuardianNew York TimesOpen DemocracyPOLITICO Europe, and Washington Post. He is also very active on social media, most notably Twitter, where he has more than 16.000 followers, including many leading journalists and scholars of European politics.

Twitter: @casmudde