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Symposium: Evaluating the Effects of EU Accession: Lessons for Southeast Europe

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East European Studies presents a Title VIII Alumni Symposium:

Evaluating the Effects of EU Accession in Central and East Europe: Lessons for the Western Balkans

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The countries of Central and East Europe have been profoundly affected by the EU accession process. Indeed, no single state or international institution has had as great an impact on domestic change as the EU has had in postcommunist Europe. Eight countries from the region have now been EU members for five years, and further enlargement to the Western Balkans is a shared goal of the United States and the EU. As this process continues, it is important to assess the impact EU accession and membership has made on these countries' politics, markets, societies, and international relations. To that end, EES has invited back a group of Title VIII "alumni" (scholars who have received Title VIII grants, or who have participated in the EES Noon Discussion series or the Junior Scholars' Training Seminar) to present their analyses of the effects of enlargement in the new EU member states. A better understanding of the specific impact of the accession process could offer U.S. policymakers better tools with which to encourage reformers in the Western Balkans to continue their progress towards EU membership.

Panel I: Democracy and State-Building

Andrew Green, Principal, DGMetrics
Peter Gross, Director and Professor, School of Journalism and Electronic Media, College of Communication and Information, The University of Tennessee
Lynn Tesser, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, International University of Sarajevo

Panel II: Sector-Specific Impact of Enlargement

Yuson Jung, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Tracie Wilson, Associate Director, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Daina Eglitis, Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, The George Washington University
Stephen Crowley, Associate Professor of Politics, Oberlin College

Panel III: External Relations

Zsuzsa Csergo, Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University
Julia Gray, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
Arista Maria Cirtautas, Visiting Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Roundup: Assessing the Impact and Discussion led by
Ronald Linden, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

The event will take place in the 5th floor conference room.