'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 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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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).

Sharing the Wealth: An EU-US Free Trade Agreement

President Obama recently announced the beginning of negotiations designed to produce a US-EU Free Trade Agreement. Significant issues include opening markets for agriculture products, trade in services, access to public contracts, and the impact of such an exclusive bilateral deal on the emerging and less developed markets. Participants include Ambassador (ret.) J.D. Bindenagel (DePaul University), Martin Staniland (University of Pittsburgh), David Cleeton (Illinois State University), Zaki Laïdi (Sciences Po in Paris, France), and Ben Beachy (Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch).

NATO: A Hammer in Search of a Nail

A Spring 2013 installment of "Conversations on Europe". 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. Participants include Marina Skordeli, Director of the Jean Monnet Center at The University of Athens; Taylor Seybolt, Assistant Professor at The University of Pittsburgh; Ryan Hendrickson, Professor of Political Science, Eastern Illinois University; and Gulnur Aybet, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Kent.

The Next Member State: Croatia's Path to the European Union

A Spring 2013 installment of "Conversations on Europe". The EUCE/ESC and REES bring together experts via videoconference to discuss Croatia's prospects and challenges as it seeks EU membership. Panelists include: Nataša Beširević (University of Zagreb, visiting scholar at U Cal Berkeley), Laura Hastings (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Robert M. Hayden (University of Pittsburgh), Dominik Tolksdorf (Johns Hopkins University). Moderated by Andrew Konitzer (University of Pittsburgh)

Interview with Pitt's EUCE/ESC Director, Ron Linden

Dr. Ronald Linden, Director of the EU Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh talks about the strengths, resources, and opportunities his center has to offer to students who would like to study European Affairs.

The End of Soft Power? The EU and the Middle East

The EUCE/ESC brings experts together via remote connection to discuss the range and level of European influence in the Middle East. Europe has, until recently, been an attractive model for countries in democratization, because of the non-threatening, non-military way Europe—and the EU in particular—attracted adherents. Almost two years after the Arab Spring, does Europe retain any influence, any ability to influence events? Panelists will include: Mohammed Bamyeh; Tal Sadeh; Urfan Khaliq; Beverly Crawford; and Eva-Maria Maggi. Moderated by Ronald Linden, Director, EUCE/ESC

Tiger in a Cage: Ireland and the New European Economy

The EUCE/ESC brings together experts via videoconference to discuss how the once dominant Irish sector has grappled with the European economic downturn. Panelists include: James Lamb (Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh), Stephen Kinsella (University of Limerick), James S. Donnelly (Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Klaus Larres (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Vincent Browne (the Irish Times and TV3 Ireland), Niamh Hardiman (University College Dublin), Ron Linden (University of Pittsburgh), and the Hon. Daniel M. Rooney (U.S. Ambassador to Ireland)