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Jean Monnet and the Future of Europe

Sherrill Wells discusses the impact Jean Monnet had on European and American politics after World War II.

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Feb. 27, 2012
4:00pm – 5:30pm


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Jean Monnet and the Future of Europe

In her political biography of Jean Monnet, Sherrill Wells explains how this visionary and entrepreneurial internationalist who never held an elective office, never joined a political party, and never developed any significant popular following in his native France, became one of the most influential European statesmen in the 20th century. In this seminar talk she will cast further light on how Monnet worked with European and American leaders after World War II in establishing peace in war-ravaged Europe through economic integration.

Sherrill Brown Wells, who earned her B.A. from Vassar and her M.Sc. degree and Ph.D from the London School of Economics, has been a Professorial Lecturer in History and International Affairs at George Washington University since 1992. She has taught history at Rutgers and North Carolina State University, has been a senior historian at the Department of State, a Visiting Professor at Sciences-Po in Paris, and has authored Pioneers of European Integration and Peace, 1945-1963 (2007) and Jean Monnet: Unconventional  Statesman (2011).

Reservations requested because of limited seating: or 202-691-4166


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History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program uses history to improve understanding of important global dynamics, trends in international relations, and American foreign policy.  Read more

Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, U.S.-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. It does this through scholars-in-residence, seminars, policy study groups, media commentary, international conferences and publications. Activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The program investigates European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including globalization, digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance, and relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.  Read more

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