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Entries prior to the Fall 2016 semester represent a small portion of events held. For a full list of events, see each semester's newsletter.


Mar 03

Kristian Åtland with ISEEES Executive Director Jeff Pennington

The Donbas Deadlock: "Minsk II" at Five Years

by Tor Froeytvedt Dahl and Davit Gasparyan

On March 3, the Institute of European Studies was pleased to welcome Kristian Åtland, who presented his research on Ukraine and the ongoing deadlock in the Donbas area five years following the signing of the Minsk II agreement. Åtland is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (Forsvarets Forskningsinstitutt) and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Feb 27

From left: IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis, Professor Katerina Linos, and CA Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis

California, the EU and the Future of the Transatlantic Relationship

by Evan Gong

On February 27, the Institute of European Studies was honored to host a panel discussion with Stavros Lambrinidis, the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, and Eleni Kounalakis, the current Lieutenant Governor of California and former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary (2010-2013). Moderated by IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Berkeley Law Professor Katerina Linos, this timely conversation focused on the social, political, and economic challenges currently facing the EU, as well as opportunities for closer cooperation between California and Europe.

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Feb 26

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with Paul Welfens

US Populism and Economic Conflicts in the Trump Era

by Melina Kompella and Victoria Struys

On February 26, the Institute of European Studies was pleased to welcome Paul Welfens, director of the European Institute for International Economic Relations at the University of Wuppertal. In his lecture, Welfens focused on populist tendencies that emerged in the US with the Trump election, arguing that this structural form of populism could pose long-term problems.

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Feb 25

Participants in the scholarly meeting on wood supply chain management

Symposium on Wood Supply Chain Management in Austria and California

On February 25, the Institute of European Studies hosted a liaison meeting of experts on wood supply chain management at the University of California, Berkeley with generous support from the Austrian Ministry of Science and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation. The meeting was organized by Christoph Kogler, a current visiting scholar at the Institute of European Studies. The discussion involved a diverse group of researchers from the Department of Industrial Engineering, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Haas Business School, Berkeley Forests, and the Institute of Transportation Studies. Visiting scholars from the European Commission were also invited.

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Feb 19

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and Marianne Riddervold

The Ukraine Crisis and EU Foreign Policy

by Tor Froeytvedt Dahl and Nikki Schroeder

On February 19th, the IES welcomed Marianne Riddervold, an IES senior fellow who is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and a researcher at Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs (NUPI). Riddervold presented research on EU foreign policy and transatlantic relations surrounding the Ukraine crisis that started with the Euromaidan movement of 2013, and culminated in Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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Feb 18

Andrea Westermann (Research Fellow & Head of Office, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute) with Steven Press

The German Diamond Trade in Colonial Africa

by Ellen Harper

On February 18, the Institute of European Studies welcomed Dr. Steven Press, Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University and an affiliate of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Center for African Studies, and Stanford Law School’s Center for Law and History. In his lecture titled “Revisiting the Economics of German Overseas Imperialism, 1884-1918,” Press challenged the conventional perception of the economics of German colonialism in the former colony of German South West Africa (present-day Namibia), arguing that its diamond mining industry can be seen as a microcosm of the reality of German imperialism.

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Feb 12

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Philip Trein

Solidarity and Crisis Politics in the EU

by Victoria Struys, Tor Froeytvedt Dahl, and Samantha Renee Hebri  

On February 12, the Institute of European Studies was pleased to welcome Philipp Trein, a Senior Researcher in Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Lausanne and Senior Fellow at IES, for his lecture titled “Solidarity and Crisis Politics in the EU”. Focusing on EU crisis policies and politics and how they unfolded in the EU, Trein compared those policies to other federal states and explored the possibility of solidarity among member states in periods of crisis.

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Feb 11

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with Zachary Shore

Policies of Vengeance in the Postwar Period

by Tianxing Cao, Evan Gong and Alexandra von Minden

On February 11, IES was delighted to welcome senior fellow Zachary Shore (Professor of History at the Naval Postgraduate School). In his lecture, entitled “From Vengeance to Virtue: The Problem of Postwar Germany,” Shore explored the context and reasoning surrounding the U.S. treatment of its perceived enemies during and after World War II.

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Feb 10

From left: Jean-Eric Paquet, visiting scholar Ewa Ptaszynska, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, and Mary Kavanagh (Minister-Counsellor for Research and Innovation, European Union Delegation to the US)

Europe and the Green New Deal

by Davit Gasparyan and Victoria Struys

On February 10, the Institute of European Studies was pleased to welcome Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General of Research and Innovation of the European Commission, for a lecture entitled “Europe’s Green New Deal: Fueled by Innovation.” In this fascinating presentation, Paquet focused on the desire of the European Union to innovate with sustainability initiatives and ultimately be the first continent to be climate-neutral by 2050.

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Feb 05

Celebrating the Languages of Berkeley

by Evan Gong and Abigail Mullin

On February 5th, IES was pleased to take part in a reception hosted by the UC Berkeley Library and the Berkeley Language Center to complement their online exhibition “The Languages of Berkeley.” The event showcased the diversity of languages taught and spoken at Berkeley and featured brief readings by professors and students representing several departments across campus.

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