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Center for the Study of Europe & the World

Promoting Europe’s social, political and economic role in the world

The Center for the Study of Europe and the World (CSEW) aims to promote research, reflection and policy analysis on a series of EU and transatlantic relations issues.

Co-directors Rachel Epstein’s and Martin Rhodes’ expertise cover a wide range of topics, from comparative politics and comparative political economy to international relations. Particular areas of exploration include:

  • The political and economic impact of the financial crisis, with special attention to the crisis of the Eurozone
  • The causes of globalization, especially financial globalization, and its consequences for national economic organization, both in Europe and beyond
  • Comparative economic regionalization (in enlarged Europe and the Americas) and its wider social and political ramifications
  • Comparative analysis of welfare states and labor markets after the financial crisis (including in the United States)
  • Europe’s emergence as a semi-unified entity and its external relations with other global actors

Center News and Highlights

On May 16-17, 2014, CSEW will host a workshop on "Financial Regulation after the Crisis." 

Karina Korostelina, Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, will be discussing the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Her talk will be on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 12pm in the Anderson Academic Commons (AAC), Room 290.

John Zysman, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley and Co-Director of The Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE), will be giving his talk "Can Rich States Stay Rich?" on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 12pm in Sie 150.

Read two pieces by Rachel Epstein on the Eurozone crisis. How a banking union could save the Euro in U.S. News and World Report and 8 reasons Americans should care about the crisis in the Huffington Post.

On April 27, 2012, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin presented a lecture on April 27, 2012 at the University. Learn more.

In January 2012, CSEW kicked off a three-year collaboration with the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE), based at University of Colorado Boulder. There will be a number of conferences and a speaker series in 2012-2014. Our launch events on January 26 and 27 featured Ambassador John Kornblum, a former U.S. diplomat who has been at the center of some of the most significant international developments of recent decades, including negotiations for the post-Cold War security framework for Europe.