Settling Cyprus: Time for a Creative Approach?

November 08, 2010 // 9:30am11:00am
Hugh Pope, Turkey/Cyprus Project Director, International Crisis Group

Book Launch: How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace

November 04, 2010 // 3:30pm5:00pm
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.

Religion as a Conversation Starter: Interreligious Dialogue for Peacekeeping in the Balkans

November 03, 2010 // 2:30pm4:00pm
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 // 12:00pm1:00pm
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.

A New Axis for Stability: The Israeli-Greek Alliance

October 19, 2010 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Aristotle Tziampiris, Assistant Professor, Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus (Greece)

U.S. Policy on Eurasian Energy

October 15, 2010 // 10:00am11:00am
"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.

A Year in Crisis: Greek Policies in Perspective

October 06, 2010 // 10:00am11:30am
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.

Turkey's Neighborhood Policy: Implications for Turkey-U.S. Relations

September 27, 2010 // 3:30pm5:00pm
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)


Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Kristina N. Terzieva // Program Assistant
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant