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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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How Italy lost la dolce vita


December 5, 2014

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

Erik Jones is interviewed in an article regarding the effects of the economic crisis in Italy. The author sums up the Italian labor market in one simple tag line: "the old have nice pensions, the middle-aged are unsackable and the young fight for temporary contracts". Despite these truths, Jones believes the country still maintains one last asset, its quality of life. He comments "hipsters celebrate the excellence of everyday life. The Italians are the original hipsters in that respect".


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Democratic transition in Tunisia: elections, patience and a long way to go


November 27, 2014

Ruth Hanau Santini Associate Fellow

Ruth Hanau Santini comments on the Tunisian elections held on 23 November 2014. She notes that while the economy is still stagnating and macro-economic indicators have barely moved in the past four years, Tunisians are proud of their political achievements and this was reflected in the high voter turnout.


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Theory of Optimum Financial Areas: Retooling the Debate on the Governance of Global Finance


November 24, 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

Work by Professors Erik Jones and Geoffrey Underhill has now been completed on a SWIFT Institute research grant that examines the institutional preconditions for stable financial integration in a theory of optimal financial areas' (OFA). Jones is Director of the Johns Hopkins SAIS European and Eurasian Studies Program and of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research. Underhill is an Adjunct Professor at JHU SAIS Europe and Professor of International Governance at the University of Amsterdam.


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Winners and losers of the ongoing Mideast cold war


November 18, 2014

Ruth Hanau Santini Associate Fellow

Ruth Hanau Santini offers an analysis of the current geopolitical situation in the Middle East, describing the changes in power equilibria over the past 40 years. Santini concludes that the new balance of power will be determined by those states who are able to guarantee security and stability in the region and not by those who pursue only their national strategic interests.


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Free-trade pacts: America's big bet


November 15, 2014

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


Recent research by SAIS Europe Director and Professor of International Economics Michael G. Plummer was featured in the Economist's special report on "The Pacific. The diagram Three's a crowd", showing the country overlap among the TPP, FTAAP-21 and RCEP trade agreements, is an excerpt from Plummer's work "The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asia-Pacific Integration" co-authored with PA Petri and F. Zhai.


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Regional Perspectives on Aid for Trade


November 3, 2014

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


Deepening economic integration via regional co-operation has emerged as a key priority in the reform strategies of most developing economies over the past decade. Based on a rich set of experiences regarding regional aid for trade projects and programs, the study finds that regional aid for trade offers great potential as a catalyst for growth, development and poverty reduction. The study recommends greater emphasis on regional aid for trade as a means of improving regional economic integration and development prospects.


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