Conference at the College of Europe Bruges: ‘After the Bailout: how the post-programmes countries have fared’


This conference will take place on 24 February 2017 at the Bruges Campus of the College of Europe (Auditorium 1, Verversdijk 16, College of Europe, Bruges). Registration is required on the College of Europe’s website.

After the global financial crisis threatened the breakdown of the international financial system, the euro area came under threat. The countries collectively referred to as the PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) suffered from severe market pressure that resulted in bailout programmes financed by the euro area, EU member states, and the IMF that were accompanied by strict conditionality. The objective of this conference is to investigate how countries have fared politically and economically after embarking on their adjustment programme. For countries that have exited their programme, were their respective exits timely or premature? Had the conditionality programmes contributed to long-term sustainability and provided the necessary foundation for future economic growth? Have the respective governments followed policies that are broadly consistent with those advocated by these conditionality programmes? What about the popular backlash against the austerity that accompanied them? Finally, what is the broader political legacy of the bailout programmes?


13:30 Conference registration

14:00-14:15 Welcome address by Rector Jӧrg Monar, College of Europe

 15:00 Keynote address by Istvan Pal Szekely, Director, DG ECFIN, European Commission

15:00-16:00 Panel 1 The Institutional perspective: Conditionality and its aftermath

Chair: Michele Chang, College of Europe

Daniel Daco, European Commission

Gabriel Glӧckler, European Central Bank

Silvia Merler, Bruegel


16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Panel 2 The national perspective: Did the adjustment programmes help or harm?

Chair: Eric De Souza, College of Europe

Kevin Cardiff, European Court of Auditors

Federico Steinberg, Real Institute Elcano

Francisco Torres, London School of Economics

Georges Pagoulatos, Athens University of Economics and Business


18:00-18:10 Closing remarks by Michele Chang, College of Europe

Launch of the Latvian Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook 2017, Latvian Institute of International Affairs

LIIAThe “Latvian Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook 2017” will be presented on 18.01.2017, (the venue will be announced later).




Suspiciously Timed Trade Disputes, Institute for Advanced Studies (Austria)

Jan 26, 2017, 16:00 – 18:25, University of Vienna, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna (Skylounge, 12th floor)

Georg Kirchsteiger (Free University Bruxelles)

This paper shows that electoral incentives crucially affect the initiation of trade disputes. Focusing on WTO disputes filed by the United States during the 1995-2014 period, we find that U.S. presidents are more likely to initiate a dispute in the year preceding their re-election. Moreover, U.S. trade disputes are more likely to involve industries that are important in swing states. To explain these regularities, we develop a theoretical model in which re-election motives can lead an incumbent politician to file trade disputes to appeal to voters motivated by reciprocity.


Botond Köszegi (Central European University Budapest) will also hold a conference on the same occasion (Title tba)

3rd Vienna Workshop on High-Dimensional Time Series in Macroeconomics and Finance 2017, Institute for Advanced Studies (Austria)

June 08 – 09, 2017

Invited Speakers
Christian Gourieroux (University of Toronto)
Georg Görg (Google Inc)
Marc Hallin (Université libre de Bruxelles)
Marco Lippi (Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance)
Hashem Pesaran (University of Southern California)
Caroline Uhler (MIT)

Scientific Committee
Matteo Barigozzi (London School of Economics)
Christian Brownlees (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Uwe Hassler (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Nikolaus Hautsch (University of Vienna)
Martin Wagner (TU Dortmund University)
Michael Wolf (University of Zurich)

Local Organizers
Manfred Deistler (Vienna University of Technology and Institute for Advanced Studies)
Leopold Sögner (Institute for Advanced Studies and Vienna Graduate School of Finance)

Submission of Papers and Deadlines
The goal of this conference is to exchange ideas and to discuss recent results in the analysis of high-dimensional time series. Online submission of an abstract is possible through the conference management system Conftool (starting in autumn 2016) and must be received by 31 January 2017. Accepted papers will be communicated by 1 March 2017.

Conftool: link for registration and submission of papers:

Upcoming events at Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes

CEE Sciences PoSéminaire général du CEE

January 17, 2017

Speaker: Desmond King, Nuffield College, University of Oxford


January 31, 2017

Speaker: Nicolas Lupo, LUISS, “Mechanisms and Challenges of Parliamentary Democracy in Europe”


February 21, 2017

Speaker: Alan Finlayson, UEA, “Performance Rites: Rhetoric, Public Speech and Contemporary Democracy”


February 28, 2017

Speaker: Daniel Stockemer, Université d’Ottawa “The Eurovision Song Contest and (Strategic) Voting”


March 14, 2017

Speaker:  Sergi Pardos-Prado, Merton College, University of Oxford, “The ‘left-behind’ are not alone: class alliances and extreme right success”


March 28, 2017

Speaker: Christian Schuster, UCL, “Weberian state structures and bureaucratic behaviour: evidence from survey experiments with public servants”


April 11, 2017

Speaker: Federica Bicchi, LSE, “Practicing Recognition and De-Recognition: European Positions in the Arab-Israeli Conflict”


May 2, 2017

Speaker: Rens Vliegenthart, University of Amsterdam, “Do issue reputations drive party preference, or is it the other way around? Disentangling the direction of causality between issue ownership and party preference”

Gender violence in the intercultural encounter, Danish Institute for International Studies

Thursday 19 January 2017, 15.00-17.45

DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies
Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A
2100 Copenhagen

The sexual violence that took place New Year’s Eve 2016 in Cologne, Germany, sparked public, political and academic debates all over Europe about gender violence in the intercultural encounter. Parts of the debate have argued that gender equality in Europe is under threat by increased migration of men from the global south. Other people have sought to contextualize the actions of these men, arguing that this form of violence only takes place in exceptional situations.

One year later, this seminar takes stock of these debates and repositions them in the intercultural encounter by engaging a different set of questions. What are the experiences of male migrants negotiating their masculinity in a Danish context? What happens when we change the geographical perspective and look into the politics surrounding sexual harassment of tourists in Egypt or violent exchanges between European expat workers and women in Mozambique? Does violence happen because of culture clashes? And why does it matter how gender violence is defined? This seminar will bring these questions to bear on the topic in order to inquire into practical, political and conceptual aspects of gender violence in the intercultural encounter.

Elisa Wynne-Hughes, Lecturer in International Relations, Cardiff University
Bjarke Oxlund, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
Christian Groes, Associate Professor, Intercultural Studies, Roskilde University
Nauja Kleist, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Rose Løvgren, PhD Candidate, DIIS
Moderator: Robin May Schott, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Robin May Schott

Self-governance in zero-tolerance zones: the spatial politics of stop street harassment campaigns in Cairo
Elisa Wynne-Hughes

New Year in Cologne: Culture clash or outbreak of a moral panic?
Bjarke Oxlund

Violence and control in bi-national couples on the migratory trajectory: Clashes between European expat men and Mozambican women
Christian Groes

Coffee break

Negotiating respectable masculinity: gender and recognition in the Somali diaspora
Nauja Kleist

Does violence come from failed men? A critique of popular explanations of the sexual violence in Cologne
Rose Løvgren
Plenary discussion

Practical information
The seminar will be in English.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 12.00 noon.

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The US and its special relationships in Europe after Trump, Danish Institute for International Studies

Thursday 19 January 2017, 10.00-11.15

DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies
Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A
2100 Copenhagen

DIIS, the Danish Institute for International Studies has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on the US and its special relations in Europe. At the seminar, scholars on US relations discuss the nature of personalities in US foreign policy, and discuss what we might expect in terms of change from the Trump presidency. What does it mean for a country like the UK, where the special relationship to the US has been a cornerstone for its foreign policy since the Second World War? What does it mean for a country like Denmark that has persistently followed the US in military engagements around the world since the turn of the century? Please join us for a discussion about these critical issues on January 19, the day before Trump takes office.
Matthew Hinds, PhD, Formerly of the London School of Economics
Vibeke Schou Tjalve, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Mikkel Runge Olesen, Postdoctoral Researcher, DIIS
Fabrizio Tassinari, Senior Researcher and Head of Foreign Policy Research, DIIS


Fabrizio Tassinari

Bush, Obama, Trump: Do presidents matter in American foreign policy making?

Vibeke Schou Tjalve

US-UK relations: “Special No More”?

Matthew Hinds

US-DK relations: Special relations on a smaller scale?

Mikkel Runge Olesen


Practical information

The seminar will be in English and live streamed on

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 12.00 noon.

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