Mark R. Royce

Mark R. Royce, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northern Virginia Community College. A regular contributor to Providence, he is author of a well-received book on the European Union, is the recipient of numerous effective teaching citations, and is reachable at mark.r.royce@mail.com.           

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How Will France Defend Itself? An Analysis of the French National Security Strategy
How Will France Defend Itself? An Analysis of the French National Security Strategy

The French Ministry of the Armed Forces plans to increase defense spending from about 40.8 billion euros in 2017 to 42.8 billion euros in 2018, with increases projected to continue through 2025.

A Study in Totalitarianism: Book Review of Anne Applebaum’s Red Famine
A Study in Totalitarianism: Review of Applebaum’s Red Famine

Applebaum’s analysis of the Holodomor in Red Famine presents not so much a scientific study in human starvation as a political study of the horrifying possibilities of totalitarianism.

No Pasarán? The Politics, Law, and Morality of the Catalan Independence Referendum
No Pasarán? The Politics, Law, and Morality of the Catalan Independence Referendum

This Sunday, Catalonia will attempt to hold a referendum on independence from Spain. Why is this strange event taking place, and what are the implications for European and international politics?

Defeating Jihad Book Cover Sebastian Gorka Book Review
Muhammad en marche? Review of Gorka’s Defeating Jihad

Largely absent from the mainstream media’s barrage against Sebastian Gorka is genuine scholarly discussion of his high-grossing Defeating Jihad.

Iron Curtain to Shredded Curtain? Book Review of James Kirchick’s The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age
Iron Curtain to Shredded Curtain? Review of James Kirchick’s The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age

James Kirchick’s The End of Europe provides an informative tour through contemporary political developments, but its lack of analytical rigor is remarkable.

ProvCast Episode 9: European Integration and the Church
ProvCast Ep. 9: European Integration and the Church

Mark Royce discusses the Church’s role in the European integration project that has developed into the European Union, which his forthcoming book evaluates.

Alternative for Germany? Could the Christian Democrats lose their Base to a Protest Party? Bernd Lucke AfD Rally
Alternative for Germany? Could the Christian Democrats lose their Base to a Protest Party?

Could Alternative for Germany’s economic nationalism and hostility to Islam dethrone the Christian Democratic Union as the political home of German Christians?

Exalting the Humble and Meek: Book Review of Janet Polasky Revolutions without Borders
Exalting the Humble and Meek

Janet Polasky’s Revolutions without Borders seeks to once more recapture the cosmopolitan, borderless, and dynamic character of revolutionary politics.

“Brexit” Left, “Brexit” Right, and the Ever-muddled Middle: The Politics of British EU Referenda Explained
“Brexit” Left, “Brexit” Right, and the Ever-muddled Middle: The Politics of British EU Referenda Explained

A comparison between the key actors in the respective European referenda of June, 1975 and of June, 2016 reveals that the British Left and the British Right generally oppose European integration, while a muddled middle enables the ancient Protestant monarchy to slide by degrees further and further into Europe.

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Easy on the “Leaktivism:” A Prudential Response to Micah White on the Panama Papers

After the Panama Papers, Micah White is rightly indignant about how the wealthy have avoided taxes, but he appears oblivious to how offshore accounts have empowered the opposition groups he claims to champion.