Boston University Conference to Explore Balance of Power Shift in ‘New’ Europe

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University will host a conference exploring American-European relations titled “The End of the Affair? ‘New’ Europe and the United States” on Wednesday, April 28 at Boston University’s Photonics Center. Sponsored by The Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University, in cooperation with the Polish American Networking Organization (PANO), the conference will explore the shift in “New” Europe’s approval of American foreign policy and its effect on American-European relations.

The phrase “New” Europe – coined by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in 2003 – alluded to the alliance of the United States and several Eastern European countries supporting Washington’s stance on Iraq while France and Germany actively opposed it.

Presentations by Jonathan Schell, peace and disarmament correspondent for The Nation magazine, and Adam Michnik, one of Poland’s leading journalists and former dissident against will highlight the event.

Schell is the author of several books, his latest being The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People (Metropolitan Books, 2003). He writes regularly for The Nation, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and Foreign Affairs. He lives in New York City, where he is the Harold Willens Peace Fellow at The Nation Institute.

Michnik co-founded the first independent Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza in 1989. A human rights activist, he was detained numerous times between 1965 and 1986 for his opposition to the communist government, spending a total of six years in prison.

The Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University serves as a forum for new, non-partisan debate, research, and education in matters of international relations, bringing together European and American perspectives. The event is free and open to the public. A schedule and biographical sketches are available here. For more information or to register, please call 617-358-2778 or email

Event: The End of the Affair?
“New” Europe and the United States

Date: Wednesday, April 28

Time: 6 p.m.

Place: Boston University, Photonics Center (2nd Floor)
8 St. Mary’s Street
Boston, Mass.