Alani Sweezy is a 2019 Rotary International Scholar and graduated from the University of Oxford in 2021 with an MPhil in Politics – Comparative Government. Her primary research focus includes democratic stability, democratic breakdown, political parties and far-right movements and right-wing populism. Her graduate research thesis examined mainstream party responses to far-right populism in advanced democracies. Alani holds a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University. Her Honours thesis focused on how mainstream parties in the United States contribute to the breakdown of democracy.
Outside of her coursework at Oxford, Alani is a co-host for a podcast that discusses the intersections of politics, pop culture and feminism.
Languages: English, French
International political elites in the last decade have investigated and recognised that disinformation can have serious negative consequences for democracies and democratic processes and should therefore be combatted.
As the UK pursues a ‘hard’ Brexit, there is a risk that the reintroduction of economic barriers in Ireland will undermine the Good Friday Agreement and could fuel conflict, creating challenges for the EU.
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the inadequacies of populist parties’ policymaking and may leave room for the rise of more extreme political parties as citizens are further disillusioned by their respective governments.