Conversations On Europe
The Centers' Conversations On Europe connect top experts from around the United States and Europe to discuss contemporary issues facing Europe. Using both personal and institutional videoconference technology, panelists take questions and interact with audiences at all sites. This event is open to the public.
The 2014 schedule of Conversations on Europe will be announced soon!
Thank you to our Fall 2013 Co-sponsors:
· UCIS · European Union Centers of Excellence at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign · University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill · University of Miami/Florida International University · University of Texas-Austin · University of Wisconsin-Madison
Both remote and local audience is welcome! To participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All sessions will be held from 12-1:30 PM EST in Posvar Hall, room 4217.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
"France as a Global Leader" (In French)
February 19, 2013, Newsweek published an article that was provocatively titled “France: Leader of the Free World.” Even more provocatively, the subtitle taunted U.S. leaders with “The French are a decisive, manly superpower. Unlike America.” Gendered rhetoric aside, French foreign policy in recent years has led other powers to take note. Rather than waiting for collective decisions from NATO or the EU and citing historical interests in the region, the French intervened in Libya and the Ivory Coast under President Sarkozy and Mali under President Hollande. As a result, the French have reaffirmed claims to a special role in Africa. Is this a new assertion of Gaullism? Or are claims of French world leadership exaggerated or even undermined by domestic concerns over rising unemployment, growing right-wing nationalism in response to immigration from North and West Africa, and increasing market instability? In this Conversation on Europe, a panel of experts commented on recent developments in French foreign policy and how they relate to domestic and regional concerns. The Conversation was moderated by University of Pittsburgh Political Science Professor Pierre Landry, and was conducted entirely in French. Audience participation was encouraged. Venez nous joindre pour une discussion qui sera certainement informative et très animée!
Laird Boswell, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
David Pettersen, Department of French & Italian, University of Pittsburgh
Jean-Philippe Mathy, Department of French, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Turkey’s likely future and its relation to Europe can be seen in several dimensions. Probably best known and easiest to track is its long-running pursuit of membership in the European Union. But Turkey’s geographic and historic position has also drawn it into—and pushed it away from--the rapidly changing dynamics of the Middle East. It is one of NATO’s oldest members but has signed onto virtually all of Russia’s energy initiatives in the region. It is an enthusiastic diplomatic and economic entrepreneur in the Balkans but carries with it an Ottoman legacy that not everyone there welcomes. In addition, if Europe represents a mode of governance and norms of regime-society relations, where does Turkey lie along these dimensions of democracy and human rights protection? The unveiling of democratic reform packages must be seen against a background of widespreadprotests and fierce government response this past spring. Is the decade-long rule of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Law and Justice Party leading to a “European” future or something else? Panelists in this videoconference Conversation were invited to address whichever aspect of this question they see as most compelling and attendees were encouraged to participate. Center Director and Political Science Professor, Ron Linden, moderated. Presenters include:
Sinan Ülgen, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe in Brussels
Henri Barkey, Professor of International Relations, Lehigh University
Uli Schamiloglu, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The first of the EUCE/ESC’s 2013-2014 interactive Conversations on Europe Virtual Roundtable Series explore the outcomes and impact of the German Elections (which took place the Sunday before). Experts on contemporary Germany give their assessment of the results. Audience participation is encouraged. The moderator will be Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Presenters include:
Patrick Altdorfer, Department of Political Science, Pitt
Myra Marx Ferree, Department of Sociology, U of Wisconsin-Madison
Nils Ringe, Department of Political Science, U of Wisconsin-Madison
David Crew, Department of History, University of Texas – Austin
Per Urlaub, Department of Germanic Studies, University of Texas - Austin
Peter Rehberg, Department of Germanic Studies, University of Texas - Austin
April 18, 2013
12-1:30PM, 4217 WWPH
In February President Obama announced the beginning of negotiations designed to produce a US-EU Free Trade Agreement. Mutual tariffs are already low and trade high; business and labor constituents seem supportive, and officials are eager to conclude this agreement “on one tank of gas,” i.e., quickly. But significant issues will be in play, including: opening markets for agriculture products, trade in services, and access to public contracts. Regulation and non-tariff barriers-including, for example, “cultural exceptions” favored by some European countries and American restrictions on European airlines may constitute substantial obstacles. More broadly, supporters of more global approaches to trade fear the impact of such an exclusive bilateral deal on the emerging and less developed markets. Our Conversation on Europe will cover these and other related issues, with participants from several venues and input from university and community people. This event is being held in collaboration with the American Council on Germany and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.
Ambassador (ret.) J.D. Bindenagel, Special Advisor to the President at DePaul University in Chicago
Martin Staniland, Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh
David Cleeton, Professor of Economics at Illinois State University
Zaki Laïdi, Professor and the Director of Research at Sciences Po in Paris, France
Ben Beachy is a Research Director with Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch
February 19, 2013
12-1:30PM, 4217 WWPH
With its post-Cold War role in Europe behind it, an end to its role in Afghanistan planned for 2014, and new challenges in the Arab world, NATO is at yet another turning point in searching for a new role. This conversation will focus on what that role might be and how it relates to the security perspectives (broadly conceived) of the United States and its European allies.
Marina Skordeli, Director of the Jean Monnet Center at the University of Athens, Greece
Taylor Seybolt, Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, The University of Pittsburgh
Ryan Hendrickson, Professor in the Department of Political Science, Eastern Illinois University
Gulnur Aybet, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Kent, United Kingdom
January 22, 2013
12-1:30PM, 4217 WWPH
The EUCE/ESC, in cooperation with the Center for Russian and East European History (REES) hosted the virtual roundtable on the subject of Croatia’s impending accession as the 28th member state of the European Union. REES Associate Director Andrew Konitzer moderated. Leaders from other EUCEs in conjunction with participants throughout the U.S. engaged in a discussion of the Europeanization process in the western Balkans, the impact on Croatia (and on the EU) of enlargement, and related topics.
Robert Hayden, REES Center Director and Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
Natasa Besirevic, Professor of Political Science at The University of Zagreb
Laura Hastings, Political Science lecturer and Interim Director of the Global Studies degree major at the University of Illinois
Dominik Tolksdorf, TAPIR Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
November 13, 2012
"German Identity? European Identity?"
- a conversation IN German
12:30-1:30pm, 4217 Posvar Hall
This event spoke to the concepts of German identity in German. It explored what it means to be German, and what it means to be a European. Participants discussed where these concepts overlap and where they diverge. All levels of German speakers participated.
Moderator, Dr. Patrick Altdorfer, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Political Science
Katrin Sieg, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., Department of German
Alexander Privitera, Senior Fellow and the Director of the Business and Economics Program at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)
Kirsten Verclas, Senior Program Manager at AICGS
Stephanie Bennett, Executive Assistant/ Development Coordinator for AICGS
November 15, 2012
“Angela Merkel's Germany? Angela Merkel's Europe?”
12:00-1:30pm, 4217 Posvar Hall
Experts on German politics and society engaged in an interactive multi-site discussion focusing on the German Chancellor, her politics and personality. Topics covered included: How has she been represented in the press and popular culture throughout Europe? To what extent has Chancellor Merkel (her preferences, style, skills, background) shaped contemporary Europe? To what extent has she become a symbol of the current crises impacting Germany and other member states of the European Union?
Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin – Madison. Department of Sociology
Alexander Privitera, AICGS
Gregor Thum, University of Pittsburgh, Department of History
Konrad H. Jarausch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lurcy Professor of European Civilization
October 10, 2012
12:00-1:30pm, 4217 Posvar Hall
Top experts on EU Foreign Policy and Middle East Politics connected live via interactive videoconferencing across several sites. Professor Ronald Linden, Director of the EUCE/ESC, moderated. Audience participation included students and faculty at The University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill, and The University of Pittsburgh.
Eva-Maria Maggi, Helmut-Schmidt University
Tal Sadeh, Tel Aviv University
Urfan Khaliq, Cardiff Law School
Beverly Crawford, University of California, Berkeley
Mohammed Bamyeh, University of Pittsburgh
September 11, 2012
12-1:30pm, 4217 Posvar Hall
Stephen Kinsella, University of Limerick
James Donnelly, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vincent Brown, Print and broadcast journalist
Klaus Lares, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Niamh Hardiman, University College
April 17, 2012
"Falkland/Malvinas Anniversary Panel- A Transatlantic Dialogue"
12-1:30pm, 4217 WWPH
Top experts on the 1982 War between Argentina and Great Britain from both sides of the Atlantic joined specialists on the present-day relations between Latin America and the European Union via videoconferencing across several sites. Audience participation was welcomed.
Dr. Mark D. Szuchman, Professor of History, Florida International University
Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies, King's College London
Dr. Carolyn Dudek, Associate Professor of Political Science, Hofstra University
Dr. Daniel K. Gibran, Professor of Political Science, Tennessee State University
February 21, 2012
12-1:30pm, 4217 WWPH
The EUCE/ESC hosted the second in its ongoing series of Conversations On Europe. This session was devoted to the topic "A New Germany in a New EU?" and addressed, among other issues, ‘Is it a 'new Eu'? Is Germany the new dominant force? Has Germany's relationship with the EU and other members fundamentally changed? Will we see further replication of the German economic approach at the EU level? What will be the impact of recent developments in Germany?’
Dr. Gary Marks, Burton Craige Professor, UNC Chapel Hill
Dr. Sabine Hake, Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture, UT Austin
Mr. Alexander Privitera, Journalist, Special US News Correspondent
Dr. Steven Sokol, President, World Affairs Council, Pittsburgh
January 17, 2012
"Is the Future of the Eurozone the Future of Europe?"
12-1:30pm, 211 David Lawrence Hall
Dr. Alberta Sbragia, Vice-Provost of Graduate Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Christiane Lemke, Max-Weber Chair in German and European Politics, New York University and Professor of Political Science, Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany
Dr. Larry Neal, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Visiting Professor, London School of Economics
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