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Lo ius soli temperato di Renzi (in Italian)


October 11, 2014

Marco Gestri Adjunct Professor of International Law

Marco Gestri comments on the citizenship debate underway in Italy  should the process of obtaining citizenship be made easier, especially for children born to foreign parents on Italian soil? The current procedure is rigid and lengthy, requiring residence in Italy until adulthood followed by formal application to the authorized. Gestri is in favor of the proposal of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in which years of attendance in Italian schools becomes the measure of a child's integration in society. Gestri underlines how changing a law of this nature will require broad support given that it involves the rules that define a national population. Gestri is Professor of International Law at Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe.


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Conflict in East Asia: Economics to the Rescue


October 3, 2014

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


Plummer will speak about how better economic policies and regional economic and political agreements could be the keys to easing regional tensions and reigniting strong Asian and global economic growth.


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Italian constitutional and electoral reforms work in progress: an achievable target or a further never ending story?


October 3, 2014

Gianfranco Pasquino James Anderson Senior Adjunct Professor

Professor Gianfranco Pasquino will discuss Italian constitutional and electoral reforms together with Hon. Ivan Scalfarotto, Deputy Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Professor David Hine, Associate Professor in Politics at University of Oxford. The event is sponsored by the Italian Presidency of the EU, The Italian Democratic Party and the King's College London Italian Society.


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The Unintended Consequences of European Sanctions on Russia


October 1, 2014

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

Erik Jones argues that if economic interdependence with Europe and the US is seen as a diplomatic vulnerability, countries that might one day face sanctions will look for alternate arrangements that are less easily exploited.


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Italy's Forty Years' Crisis


October 1, 2014

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


Gilbert evaluates the future of the Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. He looks at Italy's economic and political shortcomings in the past forty years, from the communist party's missed opportunity to institute reforms after defeating the Red Brigades, to Berlusconi's fall from grace. Gilbert argues that Italian political class has ultimately steered the country to a point where either renewal will take hold or decline will quicken.


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Meno contratti e più garanzie per i precari con 2 miliardi sussidi a tutti (in Italian)


September 22, 2014

Filippo Taddei Assistant Professor of Economics

Filippo Taddei is interviewed in the Italian daily "La Repubblica" regarding the ongoing debate on labor reform in Italy. Taddei shifts attention away from "Article 18" to instead focus on the government's overarching goal of achieving standardization across contracts and extending protection to those outside the traditional labor force. This means the introduction of a universal unemployment subsidy that would be financed vis-à-vis resources recovered from the European Growth and Stability Pact, one of the pillars of Renzi's economic program. Taddei is Associate Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe and head economic advisor to Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party.


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Hinge Events: Factors of Change in 2015


September 19, 2014

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

Professor Erik Jones, Director of JHU SAIS European and Eurasian Studies, spoke during the closing plenary session at the 2014 Oxford Analytica Conference: Global Horizons. The panel discusses how we can model and prepare for realistic geopolitical contingencies of the kind that would generate very different outcomes than the status quo. Jones' remarks begin at minute 7'40".


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Cameron implora gli scozzesi (in Italian)


September 10, 2014

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

Professor David Ellwood discusses the impending Scottish referendum on Swiss television. He notes that this consultation is characterized by questions of democracy rather than identity. The Scottish parliament seeks greater powers to no longer be subject to the strong hegemony that London exerts over the entire UK, in particular with regard to finance and economics. On the other hand, Ellwood also points out the factors that work against Scottish independence including their weak, peripheral economy and the absence of a political class ready to step in.


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Dimostreremo che il bonus degli 80 euro non è stato uno scherzo (in Italian)


August 18, 2014

Filippo Taddei Assistant Professor of Economics

Filippo Taddei is interviewed by the Italian daily Corriere della Sera regarding the Italian government's economic strategy, the pillars of which are the reduction of public expenditure (without compromising social welfare) and a tax cut for workers and businesses. The tax cut is the first to be financed, beginning with an 80 euro monthly bonus for workers and a reduction in the regional tax on business (IRAP). Taddei is Associate Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe and head economic advisor to Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party.


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The case for UK air strikes in Iraq


August 13, 2014

David C. Unger Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy

David C. Unger argues in a letter to the editor that Western military intervention in support of Kurdistan can only muddy the case that Russian military support for Ukrainian separatists is inadmissible. Unger is Adjunct Professor of US Foreign Policy at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe.


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