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The Walls of Europe


August 21, 2017

Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Professor Erik Jones will speak on two panels at the annual “Meeting per L'Amicizia”, held in Rimini Italy. In the first session, entitled “Europe: economic challenges, opportunities and perspectives”, he will discuss the future of Europe with Anne-Laure Delatte, Vice Director of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada and Jeromin Zettelmeyer, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, US. Later on the same day he will deliver a keynote address on “The Walls of Europe”. The expected attendance at this year's six-day event is 800.000 visitors, hailing from 70 nations.


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Italy Needs Russian Oil, Gas – and Courts Russians to Buy Its Luxury Goods


July 18, 2017

Gianfranco Pasquino, Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

In the Cipher Brief, Gianfranco Pasquino comments on Italy's conflicted relationship with Russia. According to Pasquino, Italy should not be considered a “soft belly in Southern European countries,” vulnerable to Russia's influence. “No Italian government will ever renounce or even reduce its role and participation in the two pillars of Italian military security and economic prosperity: NATO and the European Union” he writes.


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Iran is testing Trump's tough talk by sentencing an American citizen to 10 years in prison


July 18, 2017

Sanam Vakil, Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies

In a Vox article, Sanam Vakil comments on Tehran's surprising decision to sentence an American citizen, Xiyue Wang, to 10 years in prison for spying charges. According to Vakil, Wang's sentences comes at a time in which US-Iran relations have already “hit rock bottom.” She posed several potential responses from President Trump: “Condemnation, and perhaps increasing serious criticism of Iran's human rights abuses, and maybe considering elevating this in some way in Congress.”


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Russia scandal could dog Trump's presidency for years, political analyst says


July 17, 2017

Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

President Trump's ongoing scandals and former FBI director James Comey's testimony may have an impact on how many Americans see their president, Erik Jones told CNBC earlier this year. However, there has not been real momentum towards impeachment yet, Jones added. “Impeachment is a political process, it's not a legal process,” he said. “All you need is a wave of opinion among particularly congressional Republicans…”


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China's Belt and Road Strategy


July 13, 2017

Richard Pomfret, Adjunct Professor of International Economics

Patricia Sourdin Adjunct Professor of International Economics

On Wednesday, June 21 Professors Pomfret and Sourdin gave a presentation on “China's Belt and Road Strategy” at a Special Session of the Ninth International Symposium on Multinational Business Management.


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Contentious Borders: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Post-2011


July 13, 2017

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies

On Thursday, July 13, Raffaella Del Sarto will speak at a talk held at London's Chatham House titled “Contentious Borders: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Post-2011.” Del Sarto and other speakers will discuss the changing territorial borders in the MENA region, and reflect on their broader political and conceptual implications.


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People Power, Populism and the Internet


July 11, 2017

Nina Hall, Assistant Professor of International Relations

Nina Hall recently penned a blog post published in the Global Policy Journal on how digital campaigning has become a critical tool in politics, how it has opened new ways for the civil society to mobilize, as well as about its myriad shortcomings. “[The Internet era] has enabled a new kind of strategy, swift and expansive, based on the idea that mobilizing enough people at key moments will drive progressive change,” Hall writes.


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Amid Climate Differences with Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump to Visit Paris


July 11, 2017

Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Earlier this month, Reuters interviewed Erik Jones about President Trump and President Macron's meeting at the G20. “They have completely contrasting messages,” Jones told Reuters. “Where Trump has argued for ‘America first,' Emmanuel Macron is arguing for a kind of cosmopolitan vision of France and of Europe.”


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Can Italy's Center-Right Build on Local Elections Success in Next Year's Vote?


July 10, 2017

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

With Italy's center-right parties having performed well last month and with general elections approaching next year, questions abound as to how the various parties will fare. Mark Gilbert is interviewed by the World Politics Review on the factors that fueled the center-right's success and the issues important to Italian voters.


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Putin: Trump appeared to agree Moscow did not interfere in election


July 9, 2017

Dana H. Allin, Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

McClatchly DC quotes Dana Allin in an article on how the United States' relationship with its European allies has changed since Donald Trump took office. Allin stated, “It was apparent to European allies that Trump has a deep personal aversion to the idea of the mutual defense clause.” Allin added though, that given the current state of world affairs, it's become a period in which U.S. might want to demonstrate its allegiance to allies and “[Trump] was under pressure to deliver.”


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