Conversations and Commentaries on Europe: Video Resources


ESC has online video offerings for select items from its extensive programming.  These resources are meant to ehance transatlantic conversations happening and enrich understandings of Europe here in the United States.

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Trade, Technology, and the Transatlantic Relationship
A conversation with European Commission Executive Vice Preseidnet Valdis Dombrovskis

September 30, 2021





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)

A New Germany in a New EU

The University of Pittsburgh's European Union Center of Excellence hosts a number of experts in a "virtual seminar" to discuss Germany's role as the EU copes with the global economic crisis in 2012. Speakers include Steven Sokol, President of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh; Ronald Linden, Director of the University of Pittsburgh EUCE; Gary Marks, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Sabina Hake, University of Texas, Austin; and Alex Privitera, American Institute on Contemporary German Studies.

The UK and the EU: Stepping Out of the Circle

Lecture by Michael Shackleton, former head of he European Parliament Information Office in London and currently Special Professor in European Institutions at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands.