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BARACK OBAMA: bilancio e prospettive dello stato dell'Unione (in Italian)


January 26, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Professor Erik Jones participated in a conference organized by the Centro Studi Americani in collaboration with the United States Embassy in Rome. The debate focused on the themes discussed by President Obama in his recent State of the Union address.


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Germania e Italia Partner nella Costruzione dell'Europa (in Italian)


January 22, 2015

Paolo Calzini Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

Professor Paolo Calzini spoke at a conference on the German-Italian partnership to build Europe, organized by l'Istituto Affari Internazionali and l'Institut für Europäische Politik. Calzini contributed to the panel discussion on Changes to the east and the Russian problem  what is the EU neighborhood policy?


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Partnership hat-trick (in Bulgarian)


January 16, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Professor Erik Jones comments on the political meaning of the recent series of high-level visits by the trio of Euro-Atlantic politicians John Kerry, Jens Stoltenberg and Philip Hammond to Bulgaria. When asked if these visits demonstrate a renewed commitment to Eastern Europe, Jones responds that there is an active concern about the instability in Eastern Europe that is resulting from Russian policy toward Ukraine and the deterioration of relations between Russia and the West. The ongoing difficulties in the Middle East, with their concomitant impact on Turkey, is another cause for concern. The visit of the Secretary of State is indicative of the importance with which the Administration views the region, and Bulgaria in particular. But it is an even greater indication of the concern that the Administration to foster greater stability in and around the Black Sea.


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John Kerry: Bulgaria needs judicial reform and energy independence (in Bulgarian)


January 15, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Professor Erik Jones responds to a question regarding how Russia's decision to suspend work on the South Stream Gas Pipeline may influence US policy towards Bulgaria. Jones comments that rather than an increased interest in Bulgaria per se, there is a deep concern with isolating Vladimir Putin in order to ensure that Western sanctions have their desired effect. The Obama Administration is well aware that the European sanctions are in many ways more important as a source of economic leverage than those imposed by the United States. Therefore, any sign that one or more European Union member states is expressing (or could express) sympathy for Putin is considered newsworthy.


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La yiyad, una Amenaza Real Para Europa (in Spanish)


January 8, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Jones comments how problems in Europe related to immigration are only going to increase as the conflict in the Middle East continues to fester and as Europe's economy continues to struggle. The long-run effect will be to change what is acceptable in European public discourse and so also to make Europe a much less immigrant-friendly place. That is an unfortunate development, argues Jones. Europe needs immigrants to continue to prosper and to get the immigrants it wants it must make them feel welcome.


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La Corte Ue boccia l'Italia sui precari (in Italian)


December 11, 2014

Marco Gestri Adjunct Professor of International Law

Marco Gestri comments on the 26 November sentence of the Court of Justice of the European Union in which Italian legislation on fixed-term employment contracts in the school sector is determined to be contrary to EU law. Italian legislation lays down a system for temporary replacement of teaching and administrative staff in schools administered by the State. The ruling states that he unlimited renewal of such contracts to cover fixed and permanent needs of state schools is not justified.


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SWIFT Institute publishes new paper on financial stability


December 10, 2014

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Geoffrey Underhill Associate Fellow

The SWIFT Institute announces the publication of a new paper on financial stability by JHU SAIS Director of European and Eurasian Studies Professor Erik Jones and SAIS Europe Associate Fellow Professor Geoffrey Underhill. It examines the basic criterion necessary for regions to obtain financial stability and avoid a repeat of the financial crisis impacting the industry since 2008. Based on a theory of optimal financial areas Jones and Underhill revisit the European economic crisis and explain how such a crisis could be avoided in other integrated financial markets.


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Convegno di studi Berlinguer, la Guerra Fredda e l'Europa (in Italian)


December 9, 2014

Mark Gilbert Professor of History and International Studies
Academic and Faculty Liaison


David W. Ellwood Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

SAIS Europe Professor of International History Mark Gilbert and Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies David Ellwood will participate in a roundtable discussion on Berlinguer, the Cold War and Europe hosted by the Gramsci Foundation of Emilia Romagna in Bologna.


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Borders in Transition: Rethinking Sovereignty, Domestic Politics and International Relations in the MENA Region


December 9, 2014

Raffaella A. Del Sarto Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies and International Relations

The conference explores the impact of the transition process in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) on the nature and management of borders. Focusing on Libya, Egypt/Sinai, and Syria/Iraq, the event addresses the following questions: Firstly, what are the implications of the altered nature of borders in the region for the notion of state sovereignty? Secondly, how did altered patterns of border management affect the role of specific local and societal actors? Thirdly, the conference will reflect on the regional and international dimension of these developments, including the implications for the EU--the 'borderlands' of the MENA region. The event is organized by SAIS Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies, Raffaella Del Sarto.


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Sustainable International Trading System in Japan


December 6, 2014

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


Professor Plummer will deliver a presentation entitled "Sustainable International Economic Systems and Japan" and the International Forum commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Dokkyo University in Tokyo, Japan.


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