'Conversations On Europe' Videoconferences

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Conversations On Europe connects top experts from around the United States and Europe to discuss contemporary issues facing Europe and the Transatlantic relationship. Using both personal and institutional videoconference technology, panelists take questions and interact with audiences at Pitt and at remote sites in the US and Europe. Conversations On Europe is free and open to the public. All sessions will be held from 12-1:30 PM (EST) in Posvar Hall, Room 4217, unless otherwise stated.  A complete library of video resources to enhance transatlantic conversations is also now available.  In addition, you can veiw the full Playlist for Conversations on Europe on the Pitt Global Channel of YouTube. Please note, however, that the supplemental materials are only available by clicking on the topics listed below.

  • The list of upcoming topics and links to register are available on the AY20-21 Schedule 

The series is intended to present a broad range of views and opinions about topics relevant to Europe. The views expressed are those of the presenters and cannot be taken to represent the views or opinions of the U.S. Government nor the European Union.

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Dear Madam High Representative:Tasks for EU Foreign Policy

In our first Conversation on Europe for 2015, panelists will consider the demands on and capabilities of the European Union as a major global actor. Panelists will use a Carnegie Europe “Memo to the European Union Foreign Policy Chief” as a starting point. The panel will include: Sir Michael Leigh of the German Marshall Fund (and former European Commission Director General for Enlargement); Stefan Lehne, Carnegie Europe (and former Director General for political affairs at the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs); Ulrich Speck, Carnegie Europe (and Editor of the weekly Global Europe Brief newsletter); Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director of the Instituto Affari Internazionali (and advisor to EU Foreign Policy Chief, Frederica Mogherini); and Kostas Kourtikakis, political scientist and affiliate of the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

Panelists will be linked to audiences at Pitt and elsewhere and faculty and class participation is welcome.

Displaced: The Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean Basin

The number of refugees entering the EU and Turkey has risen dramatically as a result of conflicts and crises in North Africa and the Middle East. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHRC) reported that European countries recorded 264,000 asylum applications during the first six months of 2014, an increase of 24 per cent from the same period the year before. With conflict and destabilization in these regions continuing, European policy makers seek solutions that respond to both humanitarian concerns and an increasingly radicalized voting public.

The Scottish Referendum -- Results and Implications

“Should Scotland be an independent country?” On September 18th, 2014 voters in that country had an opportunity to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on that very question. The EUCE at Pitt devotes the first 2014-15 session of its award-winning Conversations on Europe virtual roundtable series to a discussion of the results of the referendum. Participants include Ailsa Henderson (University of Edinburgh), Luke Peterson (University of Pittsburgh), and André Lecours (University of Ottawa).

A Parliament Against Itself? The Far Right in the Upcoming European Parliament Elections

In May, voters in the EU will elect some 751 members of a newly empowered European Parliament. Since the Treaty of Lisbon, the EP has gained “co-decision” rights areas, including agriculture, energy, immigration and EU funds. The EP must approve the budget and most visibly, the EP has gained the right to endorse the member states’ nominee to be President of the European Commission. The EP also must give its approval to the Commission as a whole. But it is the EP’s role as a sounding board of public opinion—on the EU as well as on national governments—that will get the most attention.

The Thorn & The Thistle in Europe's Side? English & Scottish Nationalism and the Future of the EU

In this month’s installment of our Conversations on Europe series, a panel of experts and audiences from EU Centers across the U.S. discuss the upcoming Scottish referendum on independence from Britain scheduled for September of this year and the possibility of a UK referendum on EU membership that could occur as early as 2016. Presenters include John Curtice, (University of Strathclyde), Neill Nugent (Manchester Metropolitan University) and the University of Pittsburgh's Andrew Strathern, Andrew W. Mellon, and Pamela Stewart.

Spy Games Technology & Trust in the Transatlantic Relationship

At a time when U.S.-European cooperation is becoming more formalized in talks to create a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), have the NSA spy scandals dampened European enthusiasm to work closely with American allies? More generally, how have new technologies changed intelligence gathering practices? And to what extent can comprehensive surveillance programs like PRISM be subject to legal limitations on a national or global scale? The discussion will be moderated by EUCE Director and Professor of Political Science, Ronald Linden. Audience participation is encouraged.

The "Big Bang" 10 Years Later

The EUCE/ESC is pleased to present the first Spring 2014 Conversations on Europe Videoconference. Panelists will discuss the 2004 enlargement, which witnessed the growth of the EU from 15 member states to 25, and assess the impact of that expansion on the entering member states and the institutions of the European Union. Participants will include Geoffrey Harris (European Parliament Liaison Office), Zoltan Barany (University of Texas), Jacques Rupnik (Sciences Po), Carolyn ban (GSPIA), and Andrew Konitzer (REES, Political Science). Ron Linden, Director of the EUCE/ESC, will moderate.

France as a Global Leader

On February 19, 2013, Newsweek published an article that was provocatively titled “France: Leader of the Free World", taunting U.S. leaders to consider France's foreign policy in recent years. Experts commented on recent developments and how they relate to domestic and regional concerns. The Conversation was moderated by Professor Pierre Landry (University of Pittsburgh) and presenters included Laird Boswell (University of Wisconsin-Madison), David Pettersen (University of Pittsburgh) and Jean-Philippe Mathy (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Does Turkey have a European Future?

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. Center Director and Political Science Professor, Ron Linden, moderated, and presenters included Sinan Ülgen (Carnegie Europe in Brussels), Henri Barkey (Lehigh University) and Uli Schamiloglu (University of Wisconsin, Madison).

The German Elections: Outcomes and Impact

The first of the EUCE/ESC’s 2013-2014 interactive Conversations on Europe explores the outcomes and impact of the German Elections (which took place the Sunday before). Experts on contemporary Germany give their assessment of the results. The moderator is Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Presenters include Center Director Ronald Linden and Patrick Altdorfer (The University of Pittsburgh); Myra Marx Ferree and Nils Ringe (University of Wisconsin-Madison); David Crew, Per Urlaub and Peter Rehberg (University of Texas- Austin).