November 04, 2010 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Imminent violence and war make news headlines, while longstanding peace and good inter-state relations hardly seem newsworthy. By contrast, Charles Kupchan's new book, How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace, focuses on the origins of peace rather than war. While war is certainly big news, he posits that the bigger news is that the US-Canada border has been consistently peaceful for more than a century, or that only 68 years after France and Germany fought two world wars, people can now drive across the border as though it does not exist. His new book seeks to identify the dynamics that lead countries to achieve lasting peace.
November 03, 2010 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
Ina Merdjanova, Marie Curie Fellow at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College (Dublin); Patrice Brodeur, Canada Research Chair on Islam, Pluralism and Globalization, University of Montreal (Canada); Qamar-ul Huda,Senior Program Officer, Religion and Peacemaking Center of Innovation, United States Institute of Peace
Assimilation, Accommodation, and Exclusion in the Balkans: Serbian Nation-Building Policies Toward Kosovo Albanians, 1912-1940
October 27, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
In the process of nation-building, states attempt to make the state and the demographic nation overlap. In this process, national minorities become a problem and European nation states have a checkered past in terms of dealing with them, with variable policies reflecting ethnic antipathy at one moment and cooperation at another. Conventional wisdom holds that ethnic antipathy is the result of cultural distance or "age-old ethnic hatreds." However, according to Harris Mylonas, these theories neither predict outcomes nor account for variation in minority policy over time. His research focuses on the relationship between minority treatment and interstate relations, in an effort to gain a broader understanding the complexity of state-building and minority policies in Europe.
October 20, 2010 // 11:30am — 1:00pm
October 19, 2010 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
Aristotle Tziampiris, Assistant Professor, Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus (Greece)
October 15, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
October 15, 2010 // 10:00am — 11:00am
"Any serious effort to address the complex, inter-related problems of Eurasian energy must be informed by humility," says Ambassador Richard Morningstar in the inaugural event for the European Studies Program's new European Energy Security Initiative.
October 06, 2010 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Since military dictatorship ended 36 years ago, most observers assumed that Greece was growing in prosperity and progress. However, the current crisis indicates that Greece's recent history is far more complex. In order to understand the current state of affairs, John Koumoulides surveyed the transformation of Greece from its founding, to dictatorship, to the restoration of democracy.
September 27, 2010 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Suat Kiniklioglu, Çankiri MP (AKP); Cüneyt Yüksel, Mardin MP (AKP);Erol Aslan Cebeci, Sakarya MP (AKP);Emrehan Halici, Ankara MP (CHP); Mithat Melen, Istanbul MP (MHP)
Contested Narratives, Controversial Rituals: Recent Debates over World War Two Commemorations and the Politics of History in Croatia
September 14, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Commemorations (and counter-commemorations) of the World War Two antifascist resistance movement in Croatia continue to be a source of debates over both political and ethnic identities. This talk examines the transformation of several memorial days in Croatia during the post-communist transition, in particular focusing on the content of the commemorative speeches given at these political rituals.