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IES Welcomes a New Associate Director
IES welcomes Akasemi Newsome as the Institute's new Associate Director. Ms. Newsome is the successor to Professor Beverly Crawford, who retired in June of this year. Please read Ms. Newsome's profile here.

IES Launches the Nation's First Ph.D. Degree in European Studies
In April 2015, the UC Berkeley Graduate Council approved the IES proposal for the creation of a Designated Emphasis in European Studies. This new program, offered in cooperation with the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, will provide curricular and research resources for Berkeley graduate students who want to concentrate on European Studies within their respective disciplines and have their work formally recognized in their degree designation. Designed to bring together faculty and students from different departments, the DE will offer a unique context for rigorous cross-disciplinary research. Students applying to the DE must be prepared to integrate high-level research in European Studies into their coursework, qualifying exams, and dissertation. The program will be hosted by the Institute of European Studies in Moses Hall.

Graduate Student Working Groups
During the 2015-2016 academic year, IES organizes two graduate student working groups: a multi-disciplinary graduate seminar in cooperation with Matrix Social Science around the topic of 'A Polarizing Europe' and a group designed for graduate students to workshop their own in-progress papers, proposals, prospectuses, and dissertation chapters with other students who share substantive knowledge of European Politics. Read more here.

KTVU Reports on IES Success Story
Recently, IES supported the creation of two new language and culture programs on the Berkeley campus: Icelandic and Kurdish. You can watch the KTVU report on these successful initiatives here.

CBS Radio Seeks IES Expertise
The latest CBS radio program In Depth features an interview with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf on the refugee crisis in Europe. You can listen to the program here

IES Welcomes the New EU Fellow
IES welcomes Mr. Anze Erbeznik, who will succeed to Mr. Francisco B. Garcia Moran as the new EU Fellow on the UC Berkeley campus. Mr Erbeznik, a native of Slovania, is a highly qualified official of the European Parliament with a broad professional experience. He is currently Administrator at the Committee on Civil, Justice and Home Affairs, in the European Parliament.

IES Welcomes MP Matthias Zimmer
IES welcomes Matthias Zimmer, MP in the German Bundestag, where he represents the CDU Party of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Before his political career, Mr. Zimmer was an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Alberta, Canada. In addition to his public service in the German Parliament, Mr. Zimmer holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Cologne. During his stay at IES, Mr. Zimmer will discuss Germany’s role in the EU austerity policy, the impact of the Greek financial crisis on the German-Greek relationship and the current refugee crisis in Europe.


September 25, 2015: Workshop on Turkey: Facing Challenges in Multiple Contexts (Domestic, Regional, European and Global)

IES affiliated faculty members Deniz Göktürk and Beverly Crawford, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Turkish visiting scholars Atila Eralp, Dilaver Arikan Açar, Sengül Yildiz, Ilhan Can Özen and Özgehan Senyuva from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir.

In his talk “Turkey’s Changing Foreign Policy Orientation in the Context of Global Trends,” Atila Eralp explained how Turkey was a frontier state during the Cold War, with a foreign policy determined by the US, but that Turkey is now more active and more autonomous in a unilateral way. He argued that the limits of unilateralism have been reached and stressed the need to establish partnerships so that the new powers in the region can have more effective policies and create stability. In his talk “Changing Character of Turkey’s Foreign and Security Policies as a Regional Actor: Factors Challenges in the Middle East and the Mediterranean” Dilaver Arikan Açar stressed a deficit between Turkey’s capabilities and its policies in three issues: 1) Turkey’s effort to bridge the gap between the West and Iran; 2) the Ukraine Crisis and 3) Syria. In her talk “Debating and Evaluating the Phenomenon of Foreign Fighters and its Implications on Turkey-EU Relations” Sengül Yildiz emphasized the growing number of European foreign fighters flowing to Syria due to Europe’s failing integration policies. Turkey, because of its proximity, has become as transit country for terrorists, which creates problems between EU and Turkey in the area of counterterrorism cooperation. In his talk Looking at the Political Map of Turkey through the Prism of Europe” Ilhan Can Özen analyzed the recent elections in Turkey. He explained the decrease in support for the ruling party. This result means that the Turkish Democratic system will be entering a new and unheralded period of political concentration. Lastly, Özgehan Senyuva focused in his talk “Ankara Disengaged Public of an Engaged State: Turkish Public Opinion and Foreign Policy” on the institutional decay in Turkey, the explosion of public debt and the lack of trust in the rule of law. He concluded that an institutional degeneration in Turkey also impacts foreign policy formation in a sense that the Turkish foreign policy is increasingly being used as domestic policy issue.

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