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20 Years after Dayton: International Engagement and Power Sharing in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Dayton-Paris Peace Agreement, Bosnia and Herzegovina finds itself at a crossroads. The country is engaged in the process of European integration, yet is still a largely inefficient and highly fragmented state. This situation poses a challenge for reform-oriented domestic actors, the international community in general, and the European Union in particular.

Swiss Day: Can Central Banks Save the Global Economy?

The 2nd Annual Swiss Day marks the ongoing collaboration of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program and the Europa Institut at the University of Zurich.

Private Rule-Making in the TTIP: The Role of Standard Setting

In her piece “Private Rule-Making in the TTIP: The Role of Standard Setting,” Global Europe Fellow Michelle Egan discusses the regulatory differences in American and European trade standards. Egan breaks down regulatory mechanisms in both the EU and US, and analyzes potential points of tension in future rounds of negotiations. She argues that, differences in the two systems do increase trade costs and complicate matters for American and European traders alike. Therefore, the goal is create a new system that promotes regulatory cooperation.

Update on Europe’s Migration Crisis

With Europe experiencing a migration crisis on a scale not seen since World War II, we spoke with Professor James Hollifield for an update on the situation. He recently returned from Europe and provides a firsthand account of the ongoing humanitarian and political crisis. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

The Fundamental Bond: Current Perspectives on EU-US Relations

After the European Court of Justice struck down the Safe Harbor data transfer agreement, there was concern about its effect on U.S. companies operating in the European Union. The U.S. and EU are also in the midst of protracted negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement. While seeking ever deeper cooperation with one another, the U.S. and EU each face internal challenges – the refugee crisis and instability in neighboring countries in the EU; an upcoming presidential election and ongoing involvement in the Middle East in the U.S.

The Future of Europe’s Eastern Policy: Chances and Challenges

The war in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea resulted in a deep crisis in relations between the Russian Federation and the countries of the transatlantic community, which faces a dilemma regarding the future EU’s policy towards its eastern neighbours. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung commissioned the report “Europe and the East in 2030,” which identifies the driving forces that shape the relationship and discusses four possible trajectories for the EU's relationship with its eastern neighbours.

Fences of Fancy: The Refugee Crisis in Europe

With no fence blocking the tracks, hundreds of refugees cross the Schengen border daily walking into the EU along the railroad that links Belgrade (Serbia) and Budapest (Hungary). August 2015. Photo: Edvard Molnár (

Infographic: The Modernization of the Mexico-EU Free Trade Agreement

EU Trade and Investment in Mexico: Facts and Figures

European Trade & Investment in Mexico