Center for the Study of Europe explored the intricate layers of European identity during Hans Kundnani’s ‘Eurowhiteness’ book talk. This discussion challenged conventional narratives, shedding light on the historical roots of European identity, its complex evolution, and the influence of colonial motivations. A thought-provoking exploration that left an engaged audience reevaluating established perceptions.
On July 24, 2023, Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, published a policy brief article entitled “Making EU Economic Governance Fit for Purpose: Investing in the Future and Reforming the Fiscal Rules While Decentralizing and Democratizing” in an EconPol journal for CESifo Network. The policy brief…
On May 4, 2023, Ambassador Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, spoke at the seminar Religion and Geopolitics: Epiphany or Apocalypse?, which featured scholars, practitioners, and experts from Europe, the US, and Africa. The European Institute of Public Administration organized this training…
In preparation for the upcoming runoff, Ambassador Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, offered his thoughts in Radio Free Europe (RFE) on the latest developments in Montenegro’s national elections. The article, titled “On Europe and the West, Montenegro’s Presidential Challenger Talks a Good…
A panel of legal and political science experts explored the effectiveness of sanctions in inhibiting authoritarianism, using case studies from Hungary, Poland, and Venezuela.
Ambassador Heine notes that despite the tragic nature of the ongoing war, countries in the Global South reject the effort to make this into a global war and make them pay for something that Europe should take care of.
Maggie recently traveled to Belgrade, Serbia with the help of the Pardee School’s Gilman Travel Grant. As she describes it, “The way this has enhanced my research and helped me develop skills in interviewing, interpersonal relations, as well as networking has provided an invaluable educational experience and inspired me to begin planning my next trip as soon as possible!”
“Europe in the World” explores the process of European integration from a number of angles: development, humanitarianism, and crisis management; security and defense; migration; enlargement; and energy.
Whether in Ukraine or Bosnia and Herzegovina, NATO is struggling to balance how to stay out of potential or ongoing conflicts even though the outcomes are deemed critical for NATO’s goals in Europe. Ambassador Garčević offers his thoughts on the situations in Ukraine and the Balkans.
Professor Marina Henke describes the geostrategic confusion in Europe following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, summarizes three of the “grand strategic positions” for Europe, and highlights some of the pros and cons of each option.
According to Ambassador Garčević, many European voters now look for parties that offer easy answers to complex societal and economic issues or are prone to support the so-called non-institutional solutions.
With the explosion of demand for humanitarian aid – from Ukraine and elsewhere – how can the international community more effectively respond? Commissioner Lenarčič argues that there are three main actions that should be taken to strengthen global humanitarian efforts.
Professor Schmidt’s presentation explored the impact of the COVID-19 recovery strategy on the potential reorientation of European Union economic governance and whether this leaves room to maneuver and implement progressive social reforms as well as increase the democratic legitimacy of the EU (in contrast to the Eurozone Crisis of 2011)
“With the decision of Sweden and Finland to seek NATO membership, with the decision of other neutral states of the EU and Switzerland to impose full sanctions on Russia, they have de facto ceased to be neutral in this conflict.”
In her interview, Professor Schmidt discusses the rise of populism, the Ukraine war, the EU and the possibility of Ukraine getting a fast-tracked membership, and more.
“Some have argued that while the war will have an impact on Russia, its neighbors, and the rest of Europe, it will have little consequence for Asia or the global order. This is wishful thinking at best, and shortsightedness at worst.”
Professor Schmidt discussed discourse analysis in the context of her analytic framework of “discursive institutionalism,” which focuses on the substantive content of ideas and the interactive processes of discourse in an institutional contex.
Professor Schmidt mentioned that Marine Le Pen’s election could pose danger for the European Union (EU) as well as for France.
During their discussion, Dalibor Rohac and Professor Vivien Schmidt analyzed the war in Ukraine and how Russia’s invasion of the sovereign nation will affect the global liberal democratic order going forward.
In discussing the international response to the invasion, Professor Shifrinson noted how Europe has come together in opposition to Russia and shown unity in a way previously unimagined.