"EU Fact Checking & EU Fact Finding", 29-30 October 2020 (College of Europe)
The programme is recommended for officials, lobbyists, consultants, translators, information and communication managers and other professionals wishing to become more efficient in finding, discerning, and understanding information on the EU.
Online, 29-30 October 2020
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Online Event: “Safeguarding stability in the Eastern Mediterranean”, 29 October (CIFE)
The EU has a strategic interest in a stable and secure environment in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the development of a cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship with Turkey. Ongoing tensions between Greece and Turkey pose new challenges that need to be peacefully addressed, in accordance with international law.
With Ali Cinar, Mathias Jopp, Bruno Tertrais and George Tzogopoulos. The debate will be moderated by Nektaria Stamouli, a reporter for POLITICO Europe, based in Athens.
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Online Debate: “US elections: who votes, what and why”, 29 October (Elcano, Spain)
Welcome: Charles Powell, director, Elcano Royal Institute.
Participants: Joshua M. Blank, Research Director, The Texas Politics Project, University of Texas, Austin; Linda Chávez, Conservative commentator, Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity; Daniel Blanch, Program Coordinator, International Studies, Political Science Department, Saint Louis University, Madrid; Sebastián Royo, Vice President of International Affairs and Professor, Department of Political Science & Legal Studies, Suffolk University, Boston, and senior associate researcher at the Elcano Royal Institute.
Moderator: Carlota García Encina, principal investigator at the Elcano Royal Institute.
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Online Debate: “Euroscepticism in Europe”, 29 October 2020
On 29 October, TEPSA and the EP office in Madrid invite you to attend an online debate on “Euroscepticism in Europe”, discussing the history, models, and impacts of Euroscepticism across EU Member States. The debate takes place in the framework of the new TEPSA Book “Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals”, edited by Michael Kaeding, Johannes Pollak and Paul Schmidt.
The debate will shed light on the impact of Euroscepticism and new nationalist tendencies on national and EU policy making. Othmar Karas, Vice-President of the European Parliament, will deliver the opening remarks. The conference will be moderated by Paul Schmidt, Secretary General of the Austrian Society for European Politics, and will count on the participation of the following experts:
- András Inotai, Research Professor of the Institute of World Economics (IWE CERS)
- Eleonora Poli, Senior Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)
- Céline Belot, Researcher at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
- Ignacio Molina, Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute
The event will be broadcasted live on YouTube and will have an approximate duration of 90 minutes. Attendees will be able to participate via chat. To confirm your attendance please register by clicking here. Once you register, you will be able to submit any questions or issues you would like to see addressed in the debate.
Eurosceptic parties are in government across Europe, and they have considerable influence over the national debate. “Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals” maps and analyses this phenomenon across the continent. Over 40 authors have given their expert views on Euroscepticism in the EU, in neighbouring countries, and in candidate countries. “Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals” is a political travel guide, taking you on a tour through the political diversity of Europe. You can purchase the book here.
Online Event: “A strengthened ocean cooperation Norway – China”, 3 November (NUPI, Norway)
What opportunities does the Ocean give us? And what challenges does the Ocean face? This webinar will present China Council’s rapport: “Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy for China”.
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CEE General Seminar: “Polanyi in Frankfurt: Supranational money and national disembedding of labor?”, November 3 (Sciences Po, France)
That the international monetary regime conditions the social consequences of economic integration was a key insight of both Polanyi and Ruggie’s analyses of “embeddedness.” It has been neglected, however, in the Polanyi-inspired debate on the social consequences of European integration. Focusing on the Court of Justice and the Commission as the supranational enforcers of the legallogic of integration, the literature has paid insufficient attention to the role of the European Central Bank (ECB) as the supranational enforcer of the economic logic of integration. While Polanyi conceptualized central banking as an institution of non-market coordination that evolved to protect the domestic economy from gold standard pressures, the ECB has acted as an enforcer of disembedding “euro standard” pressures vis-à-vis national labor market and welfare state institutions. Our mixed-methods analysis of public speeches and other documents offers the first comprehensive study of the ECB’s preferences for structural reforms during the period 1999-2019. It reveals that the ECB, despite lacking both the mandate and the authority to directly change national institutions, pushed for structural reforms via discursive advocacy, monetary policy, and conditionality. Our results suggest that the prospects for Polanyian non-market coordination are determined by Frankfurt as much as by Luxembourg and Brussels.
Speaker: Benjamin Braun, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne
Benjamin Braun is a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. His current research projects focus on the politics of central banking and on the political economy of asset manager capitalism. Benjamin’s work has been published, among others, in Socio-Economic Review, Review of International Political Economy, and Economy and Society.
Discussion: Cyril Benoît, Sciences Po, CEE, CNRS & Mattia Lupi, Sciences Po, CEE & MaxPo
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Online Event: “Defending and renewing multilateralism: Estonia and Norway in the UN Security Council”, 5 November (NUPI, Norway)
In this webinar, we explore possibilities for Estonian-Norwegian cooperation in promoting multilateral cooperation and a rules-based global order within the framework of the UN Security Council. Norway is set to join the Council as a non-permanent member in 2021, Estonia has been a non-permanent member since 2020. Speakers will reflect on possibilities for bilateral cooperation in the context of broader cooperation among Nordic-Baltic, European and other like-minded countries which share an interest in defending and reforming the current multilateral system and international law.
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International Conference: “Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue: Enriching Future Communities”, 5 November (IIR, Czech Republic)
The Conference aims to enhance mutual understanding and multilateral cooperation by providing a platform to debate and identify opportunities and threats which need to be addressed in a consensual, peaceful and creative ways.
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Online Event: “Covid-19 and Systemic Resilience: What role for migrant workers?”, 9 November 2020 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)
This conference marks the launch of the “Migrants and Systemic Resilience Hub” (MigResHub), a joint initiative of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) and Migration Mobilities Bristol at the University of Bristol.
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TRACK Kick-off Conference: “The European Council: How to Study a Key Institution in Challenging Times”, 10 November 2020
The TRACK Project is happy to announce that it will organise a joint online conference of CETEUS and TEPSA on 10 November 2020.
The conference will feature a number of contributions from key researchers and stakeholders in European Council studies, including:
- Lea Hopp (TRACK, University of Cologne)
- Wolfgang Wessels (TRACK, University of Cologne)
- Brigid Laffan (European University Institute & TRACK Advisory Board)
- Herman van Rompuy (President European Council emeritus & Head of TRACK Advisory Board)
- Wolfgang Wessels (TRACK, University of Cologne)
- Agnieszka Cianciara (Polish Academy of Sciences & TRACK Advisory Board)
- Jim Cloos (Secretary-General, Council of the European Union)
- Christophe Hillion (NUPI & TRACK Advisory Board)
- Nicoletta Pirozzi (Instituto Affari Internazionali)
- Desmond Dinan (George Manson University & TRACK Advisory Board)
- Julie Smith (Cambridge University, Member of the House of Lords & TRACK Advisory Board)
- Uwe Puetter (Europa-Universität Flensburg & TRACK Advisory Board)
TRACK (Teaching and Researching the European Council: Enhancing and Disseminating Knowledge on a Key Institution in Challenging Times) provides regular offers for teaching and research on the European Council (EUCO) as a key institution in the EU’s system.
By offering a 4-star-program tracking the EUCO’s activities, TRACK aims to promote EU studies by a real-time analysis of the EUCO using a multidimensional approach; produce innovative online teaching modules for students and pupils; foster the exchange of ideas between academics, practitioners, the educational sector, civil society and the general public and to enhance knowledge of the EUCO and EU politics, also beyond higher education.
Read the draft conference agenda here.
You will find the registration link here soon.
CEE General Seminar: “The Criminalization of Corruption in Latin America: Causes and Consequences of Operation Lava Jato”, November 10 (Sciences Po, France)
Operation Lava Jato started in Brazil as a money-laundering case. It quickly turned into a full-blown judicial anti-corruption crusade with far-reaching political implications across Latin America. The same companies at the heart of the Brazilian scandal offered kickbacks to public officials in at least 8 other countries. Critics see the prosecutorial zeal behind some of the national chapters of Lava Jato as yet another instance of “lawfare”. For others, however, it anticipates a new era of accountability and political regeneration. In this talk I will present my current book project, which asks two sets of questions. First, what explains why the investigation gained momentum and delivered results in some countries but not others? The answer looks at the legacy of capacity-enhancing reforms in Latin America’s prosecution services as well determinants of prosecutorial zeal endogenous to the investigative effort. Second, I rely on focus groups and original survey data to understand the impact of Lava Jato on public opinion. How does the public process these shocks and what are their implications for structures of political representation? In particular, what kind of emotions and attitudes towards corruption and politics do voters experience when exposed to anti-corruption judicial crusades? Do they reinforce or curb political cynicism? Are all Lava Jato’s created equal, or does the way in which different investigations unfold shape emotional and attitudinal responses?
Speaker: Ezequiel Gonzalez-Ocantos, University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations and Nuffield College
Ezequiel Gonzalez-Ocantos is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College. His research agenda is in the field of comparative judicial politics, with a regional focus on Latin America. He is the author of two books: Shifting Legal Visions: Judicial Change and Human Rights Trials in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2016) which won the Herman Pritchett Best Book Award from APSA’s Law and Courts Section, the best book award from ISA’s Human Rights Section and the Donna Lee Van Cott Best Book Award from LASA’s Political Institutions Section; and The Politics of Transitional Justice in Latin America: Power, Norms and Capability Building (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Ezequiel Gonzalez-Ocantos’ peer-reviewed articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, International Studies Quarterly, Law & Society Review, Journal of Peace Research, Sociological Methods & Research, and The International Journal of Constitutional Law, among others. In 2018 he received the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Politics and International Relations. Ezequiel Gonzalez-Ocantos is currently co-authoring a book that examines the causes and consequences of anti-corruption judicial crusades in Latin America comparing different national chapters of the Lava Jato investigation
Discussion: Pablo Cussac, Sciences Po, CEE and Virginie Guiraudon, Sciences Po, CEE, CNRS
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Online Event: “Exploring Intersectionality – Building Solidarity across EU-Turkey Borders: Inclusive Education in Times of Forced Migration and COVID-19”, 11-12 November (IPC, Turkey)
The Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative invites you to the digital conference “Exploring Intersectionality – Building Solidarity across EU-Turkey Borders. Inclusive Education in Times of Forced Migration and Covid-19” on November 11-12, 2020.
The digital conference is free, and everyone is welcome. The event will take place on Zoom.
The conference is organized by Ellen Kollender and Joanna Krzeminska and hosted by IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative in collaboration with the Migration Research Center at Koç University (Mirekoç) in Istanbul and the Feminist Autonomous Center for Research in Athens.
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Cities are Back in Town Seminar: “Toward a Global Urban Sociology”, November 12 (Sciences Po, France)
Based on archival research and interviews, this thesis explores the role of the Belgian Planning Bureau to the neoliberal turn that took place in Belgium in the early 1980s and its consolidation in the 1990s. It seeks to explain the institutional conversion of the Planning Bureau (and with it that of the planning process), as well as the direct and indirect influence of the economic expertise it provided on policymaking. To achieve this aim, the institutional position and resources of the Planning Bureau are carefully situated in broader national and transnational networks. Domestically, the Planning Bureau was located at the crossroad of three fields: governmental politics, corporatist negotiations and academic economics. Transnationally, the Bureau positioned itself as the privileged and credible interlocutor of the economic policy committees of two important international institutions, the OECD and the EU. It was also well embedded into an informal network of European planners. The thesis examines the role the Planning Bureau played as mediator in the Belgian neoliberal turn, first by channeling ideas between these different fields and levels of governance and secondly, by contributing via its expertise to the emergence of consensuses between the main socio-economic elites of this fragmented and extremely unstable political context. Thereby, this thesis furthers our understanding of how economic ideas are changed and merged with indigenous ideas when traveling across contexts. Secondly, by underlying the flexibility of planning techniques to different political ideas and development models, it opens avenues for new research by suggesting, prima facie at least, that the neoliberalization of planning might be reversible.
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Seminar on Negotiations in Practice, 16-20 November 2020 (College of Europe)
Towards effective negotiations with and within the EU
The purpose of this seminar is to train professionals to become strategic and effective negotiators. It will enhance negotiation and communication skills that are used in interactions of different actors both between and within EU institutions, by means of interactive training sessions, workshops and simulation games.
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Online Event: “The Military Power Seminar 2020: Transatlantic security relations after the US Presidential elections – What to expect?”, 16 November (NUPI, Norway)
The 22nd Military Power Seminar will bring together a wide variety of high-level experts and officials from across the transatlantic community. The event starts out with an overlook of the strategic picture as seen from the US and from Europe. It then moves to European security developments and responses, before zooming in on implications for Norwegian security and defence.
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Online Training: “EU Project Management ” (College of Europe)
A one-week interactive journey along the life of EU-funded projects, from programming to project design, proposal writing, budgeting, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Through detailed case studies and exercises on key project design and management tools, this interactive training course delivers a comprehensive knowledge of essential techniques for successful and cost-effective management of EU projects.
Online, 16-20 November 2020
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Online Conference: “The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism”, 26-27 November (IWE CERS, Hungary)
On behalf of Magdolna Sass and Miklós Szanyi from the Institute of World Economics (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies), you are kindly invited to submit your papers to the 6th ‘The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism’ conference. The topic this year is ‘Emerging Market Economies – Alternative Development Paths’.
This year, the SVOC conference will be held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a live event remains a risky endeavor, particularly with the prospect of a potential second wave of infections this Fall, the organizers believe that the online version allows for the same kind of meaningful and substantive discussions, without it being exposed to travel and other restrictions that may be reinstated in the coming months. The exact technical details of the conference’s execution will be communicated in due time.
Today, many countries around the globe are embarking on development paths that are fundamentally different from the well-known classic models and are shaped by historical and sociopolitical conditions unique to them. The ways these statist economic systems are organized and coordinated have recently drawn much academic interest. However, the emergence and operational logic of contemporary state capitalism still lacks a systematic exploration and explanation.
The scope of comparative capitalism research has also been altered accordingly to include the analysis of emerging economies outside the core of the world economy, and to make intertemporal comparisons possible (such as to define and characterise historical waves of state capitalism). Still, we are convinced that to better understand the current wave of state capitalism and to explore its national varieties there is a need to critically reconsider existing approaches and methodologies, and to search for new ones, if necessary.
Though the People’s Republic of China is often framed as the vanguard of this statist wave, the Chinese example constitutes only one of many exciting cases in which emerging market economies search their own respective paths to steady growth and sustainable development.
From the role played by national champions in emerging markets, the heightened pressure towards active industrial and social policies, the thorny questions of economic populism to the myriad changes taking place in multilateral institutions, the conference aims to bring together scholars eager to showcase high quality research that explores emerging market economy practices and policies in empirically diverse and analytically exciting ways.
While we encourage prospective participants to submit their papers in one of the following categories, other topics that pertain to emerging market economies are also welcome:
- Same goal different paths? Varieties of developmentalist experiments in emerging market economies;
- Developmental states and social policies: historical experiences and current tendencies;
- Emerging market multinational enterprises in East Central Europe;
- Economic populism in emerging market economies;
- Global value chains and changing labor division in the triad;
- The role of national champions in the development of emerging market economies;
- A changing global context? The effects of emerging market economies on multilateral institutions;
- Quo vadis, Central and Eastern Europe? Modification or end of the Dependent Market Economy model?
- Cutting edge debates in comparative capitalism research. Is the VoC framework still valid?
Our Conference welcomes high quality contributions proposing advances in the field of theory, empirics or policy. Contributions to SVOC2020 should be related to the general theme of the conference “The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism” especially but not exclusively focusing on the topics mentioned above.
Our keynote speakers will be:
Professor Béla GRESKOVITS (Central European University)
Professor Tomasz MICKIEWICZ (Aston University)
Important Dates and Deadlines
- Abstract submission: 20 September 2020
- Notification of acceptance: 30 September 2020
- Conference fee payment: 31 October 2020
- Full paper submission: 15 November 2020
- Conference: 26-27 November 2020
Please visit the following conference pages for further information:
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