Europe: The Once and Future Union

The Office of the Director and the International Relations Department at WVPU cordially invite you to the guest lecture by Prof. Erik Jones (Johns Hopkins University) titled Europe: The Once and Future Union on Thursday, December 6th at 4:00pm.

Erik Jones is Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, and Director of European and Eurasian Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) in Milan. Professor Jones is author of, inter alia, Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (2012, with Dana H. Allin), and The Year the European Crisis Ended (2014). He is co-editor of Government & Opposition and a contributing editor of Survival. His commentary has appeared in the Financial Times, the New York Times, and other major newspapers and magazines across Europe and North America.

Europe: The Once and Future Union 
With all the talk about populism, authoritarianism and Brexit, you could be forgiven for thinking that the European Union is on the edge of collapse, and threatens to take the wider project of European integration along with it.  The good news is that the many challenges Europe faces are exaggerated.  The European project has suffered important setbacks, and yet the institutions of Europe remain resilient.  The same is true for the member states (although it is also true that one or two countries give some cause for worry).  The bad news is that Europe is different both from what it was and from what the founders of the European Union expected.  To see just how different, it is necessary to look at developments over the last century.  The one-hundredth anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles offers a useful pretext.  The Europe we have today was born in terrible violence.  It enjoyed a long period of peace and prosperity.  Now we need to know where it is headed.

Thursday, December 6th - 4.00pm - room 0.16 

As space is limited, please register at irdepartment@webster.ac.at