Global Programs Photo Contest

March 15th, 2016 in News, Opportunities

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The event that we eagerly look forward to each year has finally arrived; the Global Programs Photo Contest. Last year 311 of you submitted a total of 806 photos! It was not easy choosing the 12 finalists; there were so many amazing shots. As we anticipate the judging won’t be getting any easier this year, we are thrilled that Professor Peter Southwick, Director of the Photojournalism Program at COM, has agreed to be one of the judges again. We cannot wait to see and share all of the inspirational experiences the BU community is photographing around the city and the world.

This year’s theme is Changing Perspectives. We are looking for images that evoke how your global experience changed your perspective. Again this can be anywhere in the world including Boston. We are asking for a brief write up (one to two paragraphs maximum) to accompany each entry describing the impact the experience had on you and how your perspective has changed.

We will be posting selected submissions throughout the contest to our Instagram account @buglobalprograms.

The Contest: All members of the BU community are eligible to submit up to three photos from global experiences they have had through their affiliation with the University. Top three judged photos will win a prize and be featured on the Global Programs website.  (All submitted photos may be used online, in print publications, or displayed on campus.)

Submit your photos now!

Submissions Accepted: Monday, March 14 – Friday March 25, 2016

Winners Announced: Tuesday April 5, 2016

1st Place: GoPro HERO4 SILVER Starter Bundle (valued at $376)
2nd Place: rotation180° Horizon Backpack with rotating beltpack for camera (valued at $259)
3rd Place: Travel preparedness kit includes foldable solar backpack, international converter and compact power bank (valued at $94)

Taxes, where applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Please carefully read the submission instructions to make sure that your photos are eligible.

Professor Daniela Caruso Named Jean Monnet Chair

March 4th, 2016 in News


Daniela Caruso, long time professor at Boston University School of Law, has been awarded the prestigious Jean Monnet Chair. A teaching post combined with an Erasmus+ grant, the Jean Monnet Chair is offered to highly qualified professors and senior lecturers with a wide experience base and deep focus on European integration studies.

The Jean Monnet project aims to widen the scope of research on EU-related topics, enhance education and teacher training, and prepare future professionals to engage with matters of European integration in the global labor market. The contract for the project runs for three years, during which time European higher education institutions work in tandem with the Jean Monnet awardees and benefit from the chair-holder’s rich expertise in the area of European studies.

Responsibilities as the Chair-holder

In addition to providing at least 90 teaching hours per academic year, as the chair-holder Professor Caruso will conduct several conferences, seminars, and workshops for students and others across disciplines interested in European Union studies.

“Besides reinforcing the ‘law’ dimension of EU studies at BU, both in the School of Law and through interdisciplinary collaboration with students and colleagues of the College of Arts and Sciences,” says Caruso, “by 2018 I aim to complete a research project concerning the distributive effects of trade between Europe and its former African colonies, looking not only at external trade but also at the trade-diverting effects of the EU’s internal market.”

The project, Caruso explains, relates to the present need to coordinate EU and US policies vis-à-vis Africa —hopefully as part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. At a scholarly level, the project aims to bridge trade theory with currently understudied empirical findings. More broadly, it aims to participate in the ongoing debate on global justice, currently characterized by a tension between cosmopolitan aspirations and traditional models of nationally bounded solidarity.

BU’s focus in European Union studies

Daniela Caruso, winner of the Melton Teaching Award at BU Law and twice appointed Harvey Gregory Lecturer on International Organizations at Harvard Law School, is the second professor from BU to have been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair. Vivien A. Schmidt, professor of international relations and political science, was named Jean Monnet professor of European Integration in 2001 and founding director of BU’s Center for the Study of Europe in 2011. “Thanks to the masterful example and warm encouragement of Professor Vivien Schmidt, I applied for the Jean Monnet Chair,” says Caruso. “Her high scholarly profile has enabled BU to set up a Center for the Study of Europe (now a part of the Pardee School of Global Studies). The award of the chair allows me to enhance the center’s visibility and to reinforce the ‘law’ aspect of European studies at BU.”

Grant analyst and the center’s assistant director, Elizabeth Amrien, whose efforts since 2002 have been fundamental to strengthening the University’s reach in Europe, further elaborates: “the Center for the Study of Europe builds on the work of the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University (2002–2009), attracts outstanding visiting scholars, hosts remarkable events, and regularly receives external funding.”

Last October, the Center hosted a TTIP symposium, in which Caruso participated along with fellow EU law scholar Fernanda Nicola. This January, as chair of the European Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools, Caruso convened a panel of renowned legal scholars to address the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean—currently the most urgent European problem and a mirror of many flaws in the EU’s design and in global governance. Building on these initiatives, this semester Caruso is convening a Europe and Law speaker series, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Europe.

Caruso’s projects at BU Law

Well known for her scholarship in contracts, international and comparative law, and with a doctorate in Comparative Law from the University of Florence (Italy), Professor Caruso’s wide experience in European integration studies makes her an apt choice for the chair. She has authored papers that have been published in premier global publications on topics ranging from the implications of European Integration for social legislation to the role of private law in the political transformation of supranational institutions. Caruso has also undertaken several pro bono initiatives around special education law and residential mental health units.

Among other subjects, Professor Caruso teaches a course at BU on European Union Law and conducts a seminar on International Trade Regulation through the Lens of the TTIP. “The ongoing integration of the legal systems of many European states provides us with a number of lessons that can and should inform the most important theoretical debates of our times,” says Caruso. She further explains that when all regulatory controls over the cross-border movement of goods, services, persons, and capital come to be seen as potential obstacles to trade, to be vetted through supranational scrutiny and not just determined by sovereign nations, multiple difficulties arise: the possibility of democratic decision making, the viability of the welfare state, and the very idea of wealth redistribution under the heading of solidarity change meaning and lose much of their traditional substance.

Caruso believes the phenomenon is by no means peculiarly European. Every project of trade integration through internationally binding agreements, including the TTIP and theTrans-Pacific Partnership, foreshadows such difficulties.

“The study of the European experiment—a most elaborate and advanced example of integrated laws and markets—offers a fantastic opportunity to see how far and how deeply globalization is transforming, for better or worse, the way law is carried out,” says Caruso. “It has been a true pleasure, year after year, to focus with my students and through my research on the unfolding of such transformations.”

Further details regarding Professor Caruso’s project activities as the Jean Monnet chair holder can be found on her blog.

Reported by Indira Priyadarshini (COM’16).

Lukes on Radio Liberty: Kissinger in Moscow

February 29th, 2016 in News

Igor Lukes, Professor of International Relations and History at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, discussed Henry Kissinger’s February trip to Moscow in a recent interview.

Lukes was quoted in a Feb. 19 interview on Radio Liberty entitled “Lunch With Putin: Take a Long Spoon.

From the translated segment:

Kissinger is very fond of all sorts of secret missions and visits. He practiced them back in the 1970s, when he was head of the American diplomacy. That’s how he was preparing a sensational President Nixon’s visit to Beijing last.

Then pensioner Kissinger in the Kremlin showed up without the knowledge of the State Department and the US Embassy in Moscow. He offered to Mikhail Gorbachev a kind of an agreement, under which the US would recognize the “legitimate interests” of the USSR in Eastern Europe and would not interfere in the affairs thence, and in exchange, the Kremlin has pledged not to use force in the region.

You can listen to the entire segment here.

Igor Lukes writes primarily about Central Europe. His publications deal with the interwar period, the Cold War, and contemporary developments in East Central Europe and Russia.  His work has won the support of various other institutions, including Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, the Woodrow Wilson Center, IREX, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  In 1997 Lukes won the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching at Boston University.


Originally posted here.

Video: Amb. Tubiana on Paris Climate Talks

February 29th, 2016 in News

Laurence Tubiana, France’s Special Representative to the Paris climate change talks last December spoke publicly for the first time on Feb. 8 at the  Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, providing an inside account of the progress made during the negotiations.  

After providing a detailed account of the negotiations, Amb. Tubiana was joined by Dean Adil Najam of the Pardee School and Pardee Center Director Anthony Janetos for a discussion about the climate talks. The moderated discussion included a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Tubiana’s talk, the panel and the question-and-answer session can be viewed here.

Tubiana was the featured speaker at the event titled “The Paris Climate Deal: An Inside Account of How It Happened,” co-sponsored by the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University. Some 100 people turned out on a snowy afternoon for the talk.

A globally recognized expert on climate and development issues, Amb. Tubiana was a key architect of the Paris climate deal and a leading figure in coordinating the 2015 global climate change negotiations. A New York Times article profiled her role combining expertise in international diplomacy, French hospitality, and a detailed knowledge of the issues to set the stage that led to the historic agreement.

Originally posted here.

Download the European Union Events App: Keep Track of What’s Happening!

February 17th, 2016 in News


With so many great EU events in DC, you need a phone app to keep track of them all! Our EU Events app is now ready to download, available in the iPhone App store and Android Google Play.

The “EU in the U.S. Events” app is your ultimate guide to events organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, EU Member States, and partner organizations.

Events from the EU Delegation include:

  • Conversations in Culture featuring different cultural presentations from various EU countries;
  • EU Rendez-Vous focusing on substantive policy areas;
  • EU Embassies’ Open House opening their doors to the public;
  • European Month of Culture, filled with art, dance, theater, exhibits and many more cultural presentations throughout May;
  • Kids’ Euro Festival-designed for children of all ages-each fall;
  • EU/AFI Film Festival presenting a wide variety of European films to DC metro audiences.

Other events:

  • Member State Events organized by one or more of our 28 Member States Embassies and/or Consulates in the United States;
  • Partner Events including the European Institute, the Atlantic Council, European-American Chambers of Commerce, and many more.

Please note, we are still updating the app and continue to improve the user experience. Tweet us your suggestions: @EUintheUS

Available on the App Store

Available on Google Play

Vivien Schmidt on WBUR: Europe’s Open Borders Under Pressure

February 6th, 2016 in News

On January 27, Vivien Schmidt, Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies Professor of International Relations and Political Science and Executive Director for the Center for the Study of Europe, provided her perspective on WBUR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook in a segment entitled “Europe’s Open Borders Under Pressure.”



In her interview, alongside journalists Ryan Heath and Tom Nuttall, Schmidt and Ashbrook addressed the quandary Europe’s refugees are facing in a discussion about the potential suspension of Schengen open borders.

According to Schmidt, the border-closing flirtation may signify the unraveling of the European Union dream. “There’s no question that the dream may be coming undone,” details Schmidt, “but I think it’s important to recognize that the dream has already been tarnished. Before this crisis, we’ve had a crisis of economics, and an ongoing crisis of politics.”

Ashbrook and Schmidt went on to explain how there are extremist right-wing, nationalist, populist parties (both successor parties and flash parties) in Europe that are crises in their own right.
“The People’s Party in Denmark has essentially pushed Denmark in particular on a course that has been anti-immigrant since the early 2000s,” Schmidt says. This continuation of draconian anti-immigration values discourages refugees from coming into Denmark, and while these views may seem extremist, even the social democrats are in favor—these right-wing parties are shifting the center of gravity further away from the original, open, welcoming dream of the European Union.

You can listen to the interview in its entirety here.


-Toria Rainey ’18

Schilde on Al Jazeera: The EU at Risk

January 21st, 2016 in News

In a January 20th segment on Al Jazeera English, Boston University Assistant Professor of International Relations Kaija Schilde argued that addressing the current refugee crisis as it pertains to border security needed to be a priority for all of Europe.

Schilde talks about European Council President Donald Tusk’s recent announcement that the EU must deal with the refugee crisis in “no more than two month” or face the collapse of its passport-free Schengen zone.

“Schengen is at risk and the EU is at risk, and I agree with the two-month time frame, that this has to be something immediate,” adds Schilde, “but what I disagree with is the idea that the EU has to have more border security or that the states have to have more security by reintroducing border control, that’s almost a nineteenth-century solution to a twenty-first-century problem.”

According to Schilde, a potential solution to this problem lies in strengthening internal security, possibly even creating an “EU FBI” to address these internal crises.

View Schilde’s segment here.

To learn more about Schilde and her research interests, click here.


-Toria Rainey, ‘18

Vivien Schmidt in Hungarian Press

January 11th, 2016 in News

Vivien Schmidt was interviewed recently by Hungarian news outlet HVG (World Economy Weekly) on Europe’s refugee fears and populist responses to threat of terrorism on both sides of the Atlantic. The interview was published in two parts on January 4 and on January 6.

The interview appears to have been widely read in Hungary, as the number of comments on both publications suggest. Zsolt Bayer, a co-founder of Fidesz and a friend of Viktor Orbán referenced the interview in one of his recent pieces arguing that it is an emblematic example of a conspiracy between the so called Western professors and the so called journalists which exemplifies the European left’s flawed way of thinking and the international leftist propaganda that tries to convince people that multiculturalism is something good.

Refugees on the Austrian- Slovenian border on November 1. Fotó: Túry Gergely

Refugees on the Austrian- Slovenian border on November 1. Fotó: Túry Gergely

The Netherlands in the EU

January 4th, 2016 in News

The Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2016. It wants a Union that focuses on the essentials, creates growth and jobs through innovation, and connects with civil society. #EU2016NL


Gerry van der Kamp-Alons receives Marie Curie Fellowship

January 1st, 2016 in News

Gerry van der Kamp-Alons, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Radboud University, has received a Marie Curie Fellowship. She is receiving this fellowship for her research into multilateral and transatlantic trade negotiations such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The fellowship runs for three years, the first two of which Van der Kamp-Alons will spend at Boston University working with Professor Vivien Schmidt. In the third year, she will return to Radboud University.

For years there have been conflicts between the EU and the US regarding agricultural trade issues. Who hasn’t heard of the uproar about hormone-treated meat or, more recently, chlorinated chickens? Van Der Kamp’s research focuses on the impact that different US and EU policy instruments and objectives have on their trade negotiations in the agriculture sector. Not only does this effect trade agreements from the past, but also the interplay with current negotiations about the TTIP and in the Doha round of the WTO. The results of her research will give EU policy-makers insights into conditions needed to bring about reforms in the European agricultural policy that can contribute to improving transatlantic trade relationships.