The Iron Man of Europe?
To some, Furman graduate Alexander Stubb is the Iron Man who could save Europe, a former Finnish prime minister and part of the next generation of leaders needed on a Continent battered by anti-establishment populism. In a recent interview with Politico, Stubb discussed issues like populism and protectionism, liberal democracy, Brexit and the future of Europe. The article noted that “Stubb not only speaks fluent English but, thanks to four years at Furman University in South Carolina on a golf scholarship, he can also execute a perfect Dixie drawl. ‘Finnish by birth, Southern by the Grace of God,’ he says by way of introduction.” Stubb graduated from Furman in 1993 with a degree in political science and earned a Ph.D. in international politics from the London School of Economics.