Europe and the USA
Transatlantic Dialogue and Exchange
The Europaeum international conference on Federalisms - East and West - India, Europe and North America took place on 28-30th September in Oxford with key figures in European policy-making, media, and academia. This conference compared and contrasted federalist ideas and structures across three continents. Please see the Conference Statement for a detailed summary of the event.
The event was run with generous support from the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung and the James Madison Trust in Brussels.
This year's winner of our El Pomar-Europaeum bursary, set up to bridge links across the Atlantic, launched in 2008, Nuno do Carmo (pictured here with fellow El Pomar scholars) is now spending five weeks in the US, attached to the El Pomar Foundation in Colorado, to be followed by time in Washington DC. The PhD student from the Institute of Political Studies at the Catholic University of Lisbon is sending us a weekly blog of his experiences.
The Transatlantic Junior bursary, linked to the Europaeum, was launched in 2008, allowing a young research scholar to spend up to three weeks attached to the El Pomar Foundation in Colorado, followed by two weeks in Washington DC.
The first El Pomar - Europaeum TransAtlantic Junior Fellowship was awarded to Mateo Ballester Rodriguez, an assistant professor in Politics at the Compultense University, Madrid. He attended seminars, visits and meetings with senior political and defence advisers in Colorado before taking up an internship at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in Washington, where he wrote in briefing on the Georgian Crisis.
For information on future fellowships, please check this site at a later date.
The Graduate Institute, Geneva, held a major international conference on Transatlantic Security Issues from the Cold War to the 21st Century from April 23-24th 2009.
A comment on the background to and thinking behind present-day American Imperialism
An extraordinary experiment has dominated world history since the fall of Communism - the construction of a global market unsupported by a global state. Except in France, the political elites of the West insist, with breathtaking insouciance, that this experiment is necessary, inevitable and benign. In truth, it is much more hazardous than they appreciate. In two crucial respects it flies in the face of past experience.
These essays and commentaries were prepared as part of an international conference held in Washington, DC on February 22nd - 24th, 2007, organised by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Weidenfeld Institute of Strategic Dialogue, and the Europaeum. The conference was on Does the ‘West’ still exist? - America and Europe moving towards 2020.
Europaeum participants were invited from the universities of Oxford, Bonn, Krakow, Bologna, Geneva and Leiden.
The Europaeum launched a major initiative to run over two years, to promote TransAtlantic Dialogue between leading European and leading US academics and intellectuals and policy makers. This is taking the form of lectures, research workshops, policy studies and debates. The outcome of the programme will be published as a report or collection of essays.
Since 9/11 and the disagreements over the Iraq War, the impetus for such a dialogue is all the more apparent. There is also the need to manage international relations and develop the emergence of a coherent European Union voice in contradiction to US approaches. Policymakers and politicians on both sides seem to be of the view that it is ‘the other’ that does not quite understand ‘its’ stance. Dialogue is vital, and the Europaeum is well placed to play its part.
It was back in 1865 that the Club of American Ladies was founded in Czech lands by the writers Karolina Sv√¨tl√°, ≈Ωofie Podlipn√° and Anna Holinov√°, gathering the most progressive women of that time, and concerned in promoting education and healthier life among women. The Club was only dissolved in 1948, after the Communist coup, but re-established its activities after 1996.
America and Europe: Moving Towards 2020, includes two essays, imagining Europe without the US by Sir Stephen Wall, former Europe Advisor to Tony Blair; and imagining America without Europe, by Professor Jim Goldgeier of George Washington University. It was linked to the recent Washington Conference (These papers can also be found electronically under the new Europaeum Debate section of our website).