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Center for German and European Studies

In 1990, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany chose the University of California as one of the original three "Centers of Excellence" in the United States, along with Harvard and Georgetown. The mission of these centers is to encourage activities that will increase American understanding of contemporary developments in Europe, and particularly in Germany. The establishment of the "University of California Center for German and European Studies" (CGES) was accompanied by a generous long-term grant from the German government with the contractual agreement that when the grant period ended in the year 2000, the Center would continue in its mission with the support of the University. The University has now partially met this obligation through the establishment of this Institute of European Studies (IES). CGES continues as a focus of the Institute's research activities; moreover, the multi-campus CGES with IES will maintain the synergy that the multi-campus Center established in German and European Studies by bringing together scholars from the nine campuses to join together in collaborative research projects. This synergy made CGES the only regional resource center in California for European Studies in the 1990s. Indeed, CGES has already won international recognition for excellence in the field of European Studies through its research programs on the Political Economy of European Integration, Supranational Governance in the EU, Globalization and Governance in the European Union, European Security, and The Political Economy of Ethnic Conflict.

John Efron
Director

Beverly Crawford
Associate Director
University of California
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