Europe Events

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The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective

June 05, 2013 // 10:00am5:30pm
Global Europe Program
“The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective: Dramatic Transitions in Recent Decades” conference took place on June 4th and 5th in Washington, D.C., co-organized by American University’s School of International Service, the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars’ Brazil Institute, Global Europe Program, Mexico Institute, and Middle East Studies Program. The aim of this initial workshop was to consider dramatic transitional experiences in Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, and Eastern Europe and included a series of panels examining specific facets of transitional experiences: constitutional developments (including democratic reforms); economic and social affairs; justice and human rights issues; the evolving experiences of women; external pressures and interventions. In each case, a commentator with expertise on the Middle East and North Africa was asked to reflect on the possible relevance of other “transitional” experiences to understanding the dynamics and prospects of the “Arab Spring.” These reflections also served as the primary task of the workshop’s concluding Round Table discussion.

Serbia's Challenges on Its Path to EU Accession

May 29, 2013 // 1:00pm2:00pm
Global Europe Program
Assistant Foreign Minister of Serbia Ljubica Vasic will discuss the challenges and opportunities that the Republic of Serbia faces on its path to European integration. Vasic will address key reforms that the country has introduced so far to advance its EU accession bid, and will explain why the European integration process is important for the overall development of the country. She will outline the steps that Serbia has taken to achieve one of its main foreign policy goals – EU membership.

Crisis in the Eurozone: Challenges and Opportunities for the European South

May 16, 2013 // 9:00am10:00am
Global Europe Program
European integration is the result of a series of policy initiatives with strong voluntaristic features. By far the most important of those initiatives was the adoption of the euro as a common currency for the 17 countries-members of the euro zone. The European edifice was designed for normal conditions and not for crisis situations. The budgetary and financial crisis of the recent years led necessarily to the adoption of an extraordinary system of economic governance of the euro area with entirely intergovernmental- and not community- features. While the countries in crisis are predominantly in the European South, Evangelos Venizelos, President of PASOK, argues that the notion of the European South is a political and not a geographic concept.
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Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (Report Launch)

May 16, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
Amid the growing number of reports warning that climate change threatens security, one potentially dangerous – but counterintuitive – dimension has been largely ignored. Could efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and lower our vulnerability to climate change inadvertently exacerbate existing conflicts?

The End of Political Europe?

May 14, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Global Europe Program
The financial, monetary and economic crisis in Europe has now morphed into a political one, argues Anne-Marie Le Gloannec, former Wilson Center public policy scholar and director of research at Sciences-Po. Decisions taken in the past two decades have led to the construction of a dysfunctional decision-making system which lies at the - shaky - foundation of the current situation. Le Gloannec’s analysis focuses on the structural causes for the decay of the Euro as well as the political implications of the financial and economic crisis that envelops Europe.
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POSTPONED: Director's Forum: "Peace at Last: Closing the Chapter of Instability in the Balkans"

May 08, 2013 // 12:30pm1:30pm
Global Women's Leadership Initiative
Please note this event has been postponed.

The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees and Minorities

May 07, 2013 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Global Europe Program
What drives a state's choice to assimilate, accommodate, or exclude ethnic groups within its territory? In this pathbreaking work on the international politics of nation-building, Harris Mylonas argues that a state's nation-building policies toward non-core groups - any aggregation of individuals perceived as an unassimilated ethnic group by the ruling elite of a state - are influenced by both its foreign policy goals and its relations with the external patrons of these groups.

Off-site Event: Innovation, Reflection and Inclusion

May 07, 2013 // 10:00am5:00pm
Global Europe Program
This conference seeks to strengthen the profile and advance the research agenda of the Humanities and qualitative Social Sciences within the framework of Horizon 2020. Ireland’s presidency of the European Union provides an ideal platform to promote this section of the EU’s flagship research and innovation document, with particular reference to the delineated thematic challenge of ‘Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.’

OFFSITE EVENT: Negotiating Independence: New Directions in the History of Decolonization and the Cold War

May 03, 2013 // 8:00amMay 04, 2013 // 1:30pm
Cold War International History Project
The advent of decolonization, particularly after the Second World War, shares more than a chronological partnership with the Cold War. While the general economic, political, social, and ideological connections between decolonization and the Cold War have been acknowledged, a more detailed interrogation of the confluence of these two phenomena is now beginning to emerge.

Beyond Nabucco: An Update on the Southern Gas Corridor and European Energy Security

April 30, 2013 // 10:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
The race to build the Southern Energy Corridor to bring Caspian natural gas to Europe is in its final stages. The Shah Deniz consortium in Azerbaijan is set to once and for all decide the long-pending "Nabucco question". How will this improve European energy security? Experts from Baku's Center for Strategic Studies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan gather to discuss this, as well as other pertinent questions at a roundtable discussion co-hosted by the Global Europe Program and the Kennan Institute.

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