IES mobilizes UC Berkeley’s singular research resources and faculty expertise to examine Europe in its global context and train the next generation of scholars to develop the capacity for global and transatlantic dialogue and cooperation. We support advanced research on European topics by faculty, students, and visiting scholars, and organize a rich series of interdisciplinary lectures, conferences, colloquia and workshops each semester.
The underlying theme of our research program, Global Europe, takes shape through the many research projects IES fosters and sustains. This research focus could not be more important or timely. Until the late 20th century, European integration was about creating internal conditions for peace and prosperity, with the US providing protection from outside threats. Today, however, external stability has become crucial to Europe’s internal stability and integration. In a globalized world, developments in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East directly affect Europe. And Europe decisively affects the rest of the world. The old question of where Europe begins is overshadowed by the new question of where Europe ends and how the EU will relate to its neighbors in the coming years. Threats like terrorist networks, climate change, and infectious diseases that ignore national boundaries also call for a global engagement. However, that call has also triggered the resurgence of regional nationalistic identities, such as Catalan, Scottish and Flemish, as many Europeans seek solace from a Global Europe in sub-national communities. European integration also faces strong resistance from rightwing populist movements that have the ambition to reinforce the power of the individual nation states and to curb immigration.
In collaboration with IES’ country programs and a wide range of research and teaching units on the Berkeley campus, IES engages five interdisciplinary faculty clusters to expand and diffuse knowledge of Global Europe. The cluster on Europe and the Future of Trade and Investment assesses Europe’s role in the creation of a new international economic architecture. The second focuses on EU-California Collaboration to study cross-border threats. A third focuses on A New Security Architecture for Europe in order to explore Europe’s role in NATO and challenges faced by a resurgent Russia. The fourth, Globalization and Governance, examines how global forces impact transatlantic relations and EU governance and, in turn, how EU policy and its governance model affect other parts of the world. The final cluster, Europe’s Languages, Cultures and History in Global Dialogue, looks at how global connections affect European languages, cultures, and politics from both a contemporary and historical perspective. IES also explores the long-term effects of Europe’s colonial legacy.
IES periodically publishes working papers that highlight the findings of its research across topics including political economy, migration, and European integration.
IES supports the work of the UC Berkeley Library subject specialists to enhance European collections, particularly those related to less commonly taught languages (LCTLs). IES provides special funding to finance the purchase of materials written in a European LCTL and published in Europe that are currently not available on the Berkeley campus. To request materials, students and faculty may fill out the Library Recommendation Form and mention “IES LCTL Support” in the Comments section. (Note: Slavic and other Eastern European languages are supported by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.)
For more information on European collections at the UC Berkeley Library, please contact our subject specialists:
Dutch: Steve Mendoza
English and Celtic languages: Stacy Reardon
German and Scandinavian : Jeremy Ott
French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, Breton and Euskara: Claude Potts
International Documents and EU Depository Library: Jim Church
Slavic and Eastern European languages (including Romanian): Liladhar Pendse
Turkish, Kurdish, and Maltese: Mohamed Hamed