Past Events

Dec 08, 2017

Scholarly Conference: “Revisiting Electoral Personalism”


Event Time:

Dec 08, 2017 - Dec 09, 2017 (08:30 AM to 12:00 PM)

Conference Title: “Revisiting Electoral Personalism: What Do Incentives to Cultivate a Personal Vote in List PR Imply for Parties and for Public Policy?”
Event Dates:
   Friday, December 8, 2017 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm), and
   Saturday, December 9, 2017 (8:30 am – 12:00 noon)
Description: Electoral personalism (known also as “the personal vote”) refers to the organization of elections around attributes of individual candidates, as opposed to characteristics of parties. The central problem around personalism is that it dilutes party programs, orients public policies toward local as opposed to national issues, and generally weakens political parties. Personalism is said to be at the root of a number of policy outcomes, including the level, composition, and efficiency of public spending, corruption, representation of women and minorities, vote buying, subsidies allocation, and the success of structural economic reforms. The goal of this conference is to evaluate the conventional wisdom regarding open- and closed-list PR, which has remained largely unchanged over the last twenty years, even in light of new research that calls it into question. Our aim is to question at both the theoretical and the empirical levels, the assumptions that inform the canonical distinction between open- and closed-list PR rules. We seek to systematically focus on the basics of these systems, considering together the incentives they provide for the behavior of parties, candidates, legislators, and voters. The papers will be collected into a volume to be submitted to a journal for a special issue.
Speakers:
   Gabriela Borz, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
   Peter Buisseret , University of Chicago
   Royce Carroll, University of Essex, United Kingdom
   José Antonio Cheibub, Texas A&M University
   Marko Klasnja, Georgetown University
   Daniel Kselman, IE School of International Relations, IE University, Spain
   Carol A. Mershon, University of Virginia
   Thomas Mustillo, Purdue University
   Monika Nalepa, University of Chicago
   Carlo Prato, Columbia University
   Gisela Sin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

For more information contact: Ann Klaus, annklaus@tamu.edu


Dec 05, 2017

Seminar Series: Europe in 21st Century- Brexit: Challenges & Opportunities Facing Ireland & the EU


Event Time:

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:45 AM to 13:20 PM

Seminar Series Description: Leading academics, journalists, and practitioners spoke about their perspectives on key issues impacting Europe today. Issues covered included developments within single nations, across Europe, and between Europe and other parts of the world. This series was open to all Texas A&M University faculty, students and staff, as well as the general public.

Seminar TitleBrexit: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Ireland and the EU
Check-in and lunch distribution 11:45 am & Seminar 12:20 - 1:20 pm

Seminar SpeakerAdrian Farrell, Consulate General of Ireland
Seminar DescriptionThe decision by the UK to leave the European Union will impact on Ireland more than any other European country.  Ireland and the UK joined the EU on the same day in 1973 and common membership has strongly influenced bilateral political and economic relations since then.  In his remarks Adrian Farrell, Consulate General of Ireland, assessed the key issues facing Ireland arising from the decision by its neighbour to leave the EU in areas including trade, Northern Ireland and Ireland’s future relations with the UK and its European partners. 


Cosponsors: European Union Center, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts; George Bush Presidential Library & Museum; Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Nov 16, 2017

Academic Seminar: Dr. Tobias Hofmann


Event Time:

Nov 16, 2017 - 15:00 PM to 16:00 PM

Seminar Title: Non-compliance in the European Union as a Monetary Policy Substitute
Description: Economic and Monetary Union has robbed Eurozone governments of monetary policy instruments, forcing them to find alternative means to meet the demands of organized interests for protection from intra-European competition. No longer able to supply legal forms of assistance, they turn to violations of trade-related treaty obligations and (ab)use the European Union's official infringement proceedings as a flexibility mechanism that grant them temporary relive from the twin pressures of domestic interests and an ever closer-woven corset of European rules. Data on almost 10,000 infringements on European legislation show that Eurozone governments are more likely to engage in violations in response to shifts in import penetration than their non-Eurozone counterparts and themselves prior to adopting the Euro.
Speaker information: Dr. Tobias Hofmann, Assistant Professor at The University of Utah, will give a department seminar as part of the Political Economy & Political Violence Program series. His research examines the political economy of international institutions, with a focus on multilateral and preferential trade agreements as well as European integration. He is particularly interested in the design, effectiveness, and use of institutions related to compliance and dispute settlement.
Cosponsors: European Union Center & Political Economy & Political Violence Program, 
Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University


Oct 16, 2017

Seminar Series: Europe in the 21st Century - EU Issues Impacting Europe & the World


Event Time:

Oct 16, 2017 - 11:45 AM to 13:20 PM

Seminar Series Description: Leading academics, journalists, and practitioners spoke about their perspectives on key issues impacting Europe today. Issues covered included developments within single nations, across Europe, and between Europe and other parts of the world. This series was open to all Texas A&M University faculty, students and staff, as well as the general public.

Seminar Title “EU Issues Impacting Europe & the World”
Check-in and lunch distribution 11:45 am & Seminar 12:20 - 1:20 pm

Seminar Speaker Panel: Ingo Zamperoni, Anchor of ARD’s Tagesthemen; Vladimir Balzer, Journalist at Deutschlandfunk Kultur, National Public Radio Station; Anja Heyde, Presenter for talk show Fakt ist! in MDR (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk) and TV reporter for ZDF Morgenmagazin; Annette Betz, Anchorwoman and reporter with German Television and Bavarian Broadcasting/Bayerischer Rundfunk; Petra Gute, Live reporter for rbb, the Berlin/Brandenburg (part of the ARD consortium of the German public broadcasting stations) and German National TV network ARD; and Alies Lindeboom, Freelance producer covering U.S. politics and news at Washington, D.C., offices of ARD and ZDF German television.
Seminar Description German journalists representing the leading German public and private broadcasting stations presented an up-to-date assessment of Germany’s perspective on recent key European Union issues that are impacting both Europe and the world.  Topics included: Brexit and its impact on the EU, Roles of French President Macron and German Chancellor Merkel, Immigration issues in Europe, and evolving U.S.-EU relations.
Cosponsors: European Union Center, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts; George Bush Presidential Library & Museum; Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, The Bush School of Government and Public Service
For more information contact: Ann Klaus, European Union Center, annklaus@tamu.edu
 

 

 


Oct 15, 2017

Media Symposium: Immigration and Border Security Program


Event Time:

Oct 15, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017 (13:00 PM to 11:30 AM)

Description:  In collaboration with the German RIAS Berlin Commission*, the European Union Center organized and facilitated a one-week program focusing on immigration and border security in Texas and New Mexico for German journalists who work in radio, television, and the internet.

Six German journalists, TV anchors, and reporters from leading broadcasters across the country participated in an in-depth program that focused on U.S. immigration and border security in the Southwestern United States. Participants in the research-study trip were anchorman Ingo Zamperoni from ARD Tagesthemen, Anja Heyde from ZDF and MDR TV networks, anchorwoman Annette Betz from Bayerische Rundfunk (BR) TV, Petra Gute from RBB TV, Vladimir Balzer from Deutschlandradio and Alies Lindenboom from ARD TV.
 
The group began the week receiving briefings from academic experts at Texas A&M University on the following topics, which provided a framework for the rest of the program.
  • “Media and voting issues exemplified in recent U.S. elections and in 2017” and
    “Polarization in the U.S.” by Dr. Kirby Goidel, Professor and Fellow, Department of Communication and Director, Public Policy Research Institute; and Dr. Johanna Dunaway, Associate Professor, Department of Communication
  • “EU perceptions in the U.S.” by Dr. Guy Whitten, Department of Political Science
  • “Migration issues between the U.S. and Mexico, and U.S.-Mexico relations from a Texas and U.S. perspective” by Dr. Emily Sellars, Assistant Professor, The Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • “Current U.S. Issues” by Mark Welsh, Dean, The Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • “U.S. Homeland Security/Terrorism” by Dr. Danny Davis, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Homeland Security; Coordinator, Executive Master of Public Service and Administration Degree Program, The Bush School of Government and Public Service 
The journalists also presented a seminar titled “EU Issues Impacting Europe and the World” in the European Union Center’s “Europe in the 21st Century” seminar series at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. During the panel discussion, approximately 150 faculty, staff, students and members of the public were briefed by the journalists on topics including the impact of Brexit on Europe, immigration and the refugee crisis in Europe, and the changing perception of the U.S. from abroad.
 
After the enlightening briefings addressing all aspects of immigration and border security at Texas A&M University, the group traveled to the Texas-Mexico border near Mc Allen, TX, to get a first-hand look at the border. Led by Texas Department of Public Safety Chief-of-Staff/Deputy Director, Robert Bodisch, and Commander and Regional Director of the TX Region III, Weslaco Regional Headquarters Office, Joe Rodriguez, the group attended briefings and then took helicopter and high-speed patrol rides to view the Rio Grande River border area. They were also escorted along recently discovered drug-runner and immigrant smuggling trails, with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Customs and Border to experience the rough terrain of the porous border frontier and the challenges of guarding the border.
 
One journalist commented “If you’re standing there at the Mexican border, you suddenly realize that America and Europe have lots in common these days. We’re searching for answers ourselves on how to strike the right balance between humanity and security with border protection. It’s all about people and how we want to live.”
 
The German journalists also visited the border in El Paso, Texas and Santa Teresa, New Mexico. In El Paso, senior officials and academic experts from the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Congressional candidate, Veronica Escobar, gave riveting talks allowing the group to learn more about the economic and social issues that have become such political hot buttons in the United States and Latin America. The group also learned from local community members that from their socio-economic perspective, the border towns of El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico as are interconnected as the cities of Bryan and College Station. The group was hosted in the El Paso area by Roberto Coronado, Vice President in Charge and Sr. Economist, Lupe Mares, Communications and Outreach Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch; Araceli McCoy, Executive Director, El Paso Council for International Visitors; David Coronado, International Bridges Strategic Project Manager, International Bridges Department, City of El Paso; and Mario Porras, Director of Binational Affairs, El Paso Community Foundation. In Santa Teresa, NM, Jerry Pacheco, President, Global Perspectives Integrated Inc., highlighted the economic impact of cross-border manufacturing by U.S., Mexican, and other global businesses, with details on the history and value of maquiladoras to the New Mexico and U.S. economy. The group also had the opportunity to participate in the “Vistas from Texas: An Economic Outlook Conference” where they heard keynote speaker Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, Washington D.C., speak on the economic ties between the United States and Mexico and listen to local business experts present a panel discussion on the economic outlook of the Paso del Norte Border Region.

The journalists also meet with former RIAS program participants in Las Cruces, New Mexico and in Houston, TX. At KRWG, in Las Cruces, they viewed the recently aired TV special “The Voices of Dreamers” and discussed the impact of DACA on the local community. In Houston, the group met with Hansi Lo Wang, Correspondent, National Desk, from NPR’s New York Bureau to learn about the how Hurricane Harvey impacted local immigrant groups, as well as members of Houston Public Media including Andrew Schneider, Politics and Government Reporter; Florian Martin, Business Reporter; and Al Ortiz, General Assignment Reporter and immigration specialist.
 
(* The RIAS Berlin Commission is a binational organization for the promotion of German - American understanding in the field of broadcasting.)  
 
Cosponsors: European Union Center and the RIAS Berlin Commission, Berlin, Germany  
For more information contact: Ann Klaus, annklaus@tamu.edu

Apr 27, 2017

Scholarly Conference: Modeling Politics & Policy in Time and Space


Event Time:

Apr 27, 2017 - Apr 28, 2017 (08:00 AM to 17:00 PM)

Description: Space-time (or data that vary across both space and time) are widely used in observational research in political science, yet many questions remain on how to appropriately or best analyze these data. Most research simply uses strategies designed for cross-sections of data, extended to accommodate time, or time-series of data, extended to accommodate space, without taking seriously the possibilities and challenges unique to space-time data itself. For this conference we brought together a broad group of scholars who are conducting cutting edge research on modeling politics across time, space, and space-time who might not regularly interact with each other for an open exchange of ideas. Invited scholars presented their work in progress, recieved feedback from conference participants, and plan to submit their papers for consideration in a special edition of Political Science Research and Methods.
Cosponsors: European Union Center, the Program in Scientific Political Methodology, and the Department of Political Science

Apr 24, 2017

Seminar: Liam F. McGrath


Event Time:

Apr 24, 2017 - 12:00 PM to 13:30 PM

Seminar Title: "The Long Shadow of the Opposition: Electoral Benchmarking Against Previous Governments"
Seminar Speaker: 
Dr. Liam F. McGrath, Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) and the Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED), ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Cosponsors: Scientific Political Methodology Program, European Union Center, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, and Texas A&M University

Apr 03, 2017

Seminar Series: Europe in the 21st Century - Public Opinion & Populism in the US and Europe


Event Time:

Apr 03, 2017 - 11:45 AM to 13:20 PM

Seminar Series Description: Leading academics, journalists, and practitioners spoke about their perspectives on key issues impacting Europe today. Issues covered included developments within single nations, across Europe, and between Europe and other parts of the world. This series was open to all Texas A&M University faculty, students and staff, as well as the general public.
Seminar Speaker: Clifford Young, President, US Ipsos Public Affairs
Seminar Title: “Public Opinion & Populism in the US and Europe”

Seminar Description: This seminar addressed current trends in public opinion and populism in the U.S. and Europe, and how they are changing. Clifford Young is President of Ipsos Public Affairs in the United States and also leads Ipsos global election and political polling risk practice. Ipsos is one of the world’s leading independent market research companies. Young specializes in researching social and public opinion trends and election polling, and has lead polls on over 100 elections around the world. He is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins and an instructor at both Columbia University and University of São Paulo, where he teaches courses on public opinion and election forecasting.
Cosponsors: European Union Center, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts; Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, The Bush School of Government and Public Service; George Bush Presidential Library & Museum
This seminar supported the Texas A&M University Democracy on Edge Project and the College of Liberal Arts Democracy Initiative.

Mar 10, 2017

Scholarly Conference: Taxation, Revenue, & Fiscal Capacity


Event Time:

Mar 10, 2017 - 08:00 AM to 17:00 PM

Description: The ability to raise tax revenue is one of the most important prerequisites for functioning states and has important consequences for citizens' lives and states' development paths. Political scientists have become increasingly interested in the circumstances under which states first raise significant revenues via taxation and the distributive battles over the introduction of taxation. Much of this recent work, however, has largely been focused on historical cases in the now developed world. This conference aimed to bring together scholars working in the realm of taxation and tax capacity with focus on historical Europe as well as developing countries today with the hope to create a cohesive special issue on the expansion of taxation across both space and time. 
Sponsor: European Union Center, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University

Mar 09, 2017

Seminar: Dr. Carles Boix


Event Time:

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:00 PM to 13:30 PM

Seminar Title: "Democratic Capitalism at a Crossroads?"
Seminar Speaker: Dr. Carles Boix, Robert Garrett Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Department of Politics & The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Cosponsors: European Union Center and the Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University

 

Feb 21, 2017

Seminar Series: Europe in the 21st Century - Europe's Crises: Old & New Challenges for the EU


Event Time:

Feb 21, 2017 - 11:45 AM to 13:20 PM

Seminar Series Description: Leading academics, journalists, and practitioners spoke about their perspectives on key issues impacting Europe today. Issues covered included developments within single nations, across Europe, and between Europe and other parts of the world. This series was open to all Texas A&M University faculty, students and staff, as well as the general public.
Seminar Speaker: Dr. Michael Groth, Senior Editor, Deutschlandradio (German National Radio), Berlin, Germany 
Seminar Title: “Riddled by Crises – Old and New Challenges for the European Union”
Seminar Description: Less than one year after Brexit, the EU (as well as Britain) is still trying to fully understand the impact of London’s refusal to stay “in the club”. At the same time, we enter what will likely be the 3rd  year of an ongoing refugee crises. There is no common European response how to deal with the refugees. We witness a severe cleft between those who promote a “culture of welcome” (Germany) and those who close their borders (Eastern EU Members). If that is not enough, the EU still has to find agreement on many financial matters, let alone a mutual approach in foreign policy and the fight against terrorism. All of the above has given rise to populist parties all over Europe – which worsens the EU chance of improving its situation.
Cosponsors: European Union Center, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts; Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, The Bush School of Government and Public Service; George Bush Presidential Library & Museum
This seminar supports the Texas A&M University Democracy on Edge Project and the College of Liberal Arts Democracy Initiative.

Dec 08, 2016

Seminar: Dr. Vera Troeger


Event Time:

Dec 08, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 13:30 PM

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Seminar Title: "Budget Cycles, Fiscal and Compositional Spending"
Seminar Speaker: Dr. Vera Troeger, Professor of Quantitative Political Economy and PPE Co-Director, University of Warwick, United Kingdom; also Editor in Chief of Political Science Research and Methods (PSRM)
Cosponsors: European Union Center, Program in Scientific Political Methodology, and the Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University


Dec 07, 2016

Visiting Scholar: Dr. Cameron Wimpy


Event Time:

Dec 07, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016 (12:00 PM to 13:00 PM)


Nov 15, 2016

Seminar Series: Europe in the 21st Century - Is Brexit really going to happen? 


Event Time:

Nov 15, 2016 - 11:45 AM to 12:20 PM

Seminar Series Description: Leading academics, journalists, and practitioners spoke about their perspectives on key issues impacting Europe today. Issues covered included developments within single nations, across Europe, and between Europe and other parts of the world. This series was open to all Texas A&M University faculty, students and staff, as well as the general public.
Seminar Title: “Breaking Up is Hard to Do:  Is Brexit really going to happen?”
Seminar Speaker: Dr. Matthew Gabel, Professor of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis
Seminar Description: "Brexit means Brexit", as the British Prime Minister regularly reminds us.  Yet, what Brexit really means remains to be seen.  This seminar described the political, economic, and administrative/legal landscape that will shape whether, when, and how the United Kingdom will formally leave the European Union.  
Cosponsors: European Union Center in the Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts; Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, The Bush School of Government and Public Service; George Bush Presidential Library & Museum
This seminar supports the Texas A&M University Democracy on Edge Project and the College of Liberal Arts Democracy Initiative.

Nov 11, 2016

Academic Seminar: Dr. Peter Mortensen


Event Time:

Nov 11, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 13:30 PM

Speaker: Dr. Peter Mortensen, Associate Professor, Aarhus University
Seminar Title: "Party Competition from an Agenda Setting Perspective"
Cosponsors: Political Economy & Political Violence Program and the European Union Center,
Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University


Oct 13, 2016

Scholarly Seminar: The Political Psychology of Trade Preferences


Event Time:

Oct 13, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 13:30 PM

Description: Dr. Diana C. Mutz is the Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where she serves as director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Her books include Population-Based Survey Experiments (Princeton), Hearing the Other Side, and Impersonal Influence.
Seminar Flyer: LINK TO FILE
Sponsor: European Union Center in the Department of Political Science and Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
For more information contact: Ann Klaus, European Union Center, annklaus@tamu.edu

 


Sep 29, 2016

Seminar Series: Europe in the 21st Century - Brexit! Voting in the UK 2016 EU Referendum


Event Time:

Sep 29, 2016 - Sep 22, 2016 (11:45 AM to 13:20 PM)

Seminar Title: “Brexit! Voting in the UK 2016 EU Referendum”
Seminar Series Description: Leading academics, journalists, and practitioners spoke about their perspectives on key issues impacting Europe today. Issues covered included developments within single nations, across Europe, and between Europe and other parts of the world. This series was open to all Texas A&M University faculty, students and staff, as well as the general public.
Seminar Speaker: Harold Clarke, Ashbel Smith Professor, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Government, University of Essex, United Kingdom
Seminar Flyer: LINK TO FILE
Cosponsors: European Union Center, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts; Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, The Bush School of Government and Public Service; George Bush Presidential Library & Museum
This seminar supports the Texas A&M University Democracy on Edge Project and the College of Liberal Arts Democracy Initiative.


May 19, 2016

Scholarly Conference: Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy


Event Time:

May 19, 2016 - May 21, 2016 (09:00 AM to 19:00 PM)

Description: Texas A&M University hosted the 2016 Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy (SWSCP). The SWSCP is an interdisciplinary learned society that meets annually to discuss the work of influential European thinkers, writers, and artists of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Leading figures of influence include Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Schelling, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Sartre, Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, Marcuse, Adorno, Levinas, Arendt, Derrida, Foucault, Ricoeur, Habermas, Gadamer, Agamben, and others. Now in its sixth year, the Seminar has earned a reputation for providing scholars working in the field of Continental Philosophy with a collegial, supportive research environment. Faculty as well as doctoral candidates were welcome to present their research. The Seminar strictly adhered to a policy of equal gender representation.
Agenda:  LINK TO FILE
Sponsors: Conference host- Department of Philosophy. Funding provided by Departments of Philosophy, English, International Studies, the European Union Center, and the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University.

May 05, 2016

Seminar: Competing Perspectives- Setting Priorities for the Transatlantic Security Agenda


Event Time:

May 05, 2016 - 12:20 PM to 13:20 PM

Description: Fulbright Fellow and Chief Expert in the Latvian Ministry Crisis Management Department, Olevs Nikers, spoke about setting the Transatlantic security agenda.
Flyer:   LINK TO PDF
Co-sponsors: European Horizons and the European Union Center, Texas A&M University

May 05, 2016

Scholarly Conference: The New World of Comparative Political Communication


Event Time:

May 05, 2016 - May 06, 2016 (08:30 AM to 17:30 PM)

Description: The field of political communication has traditionally had an American focus largely because of the availability of data on this important case.  But recent advances in data availability and research methods have opened up a myriad of research possibilities.  These advances now provide opportunities to make theoretical and empirical advances about political communication through studies within and across nations.  For this conference, researchers were brought together from a broad range of research perspectives to present their latest work. After the conference, the papers will be revised and submitted for review as a special issue of the journal Social Science Quarterly.
Conference Flyer: LINK TO FILE
Conference Agenda:
  LINK TO FILE
Sponsors: European Union Center, Department of Political Science; Department of Communication; College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
Supporting the Texas A&M University Democracy on Edge Project & the College of Liberal Arts Democracy Initiative

Apr 20, 2016

Workshop: International Negotiations - Learning to Negotiate From the Workplace to the World Stage


Event Time:

Apr 20, 2016 - 12:15 PM to 13:30 PM

Description: Dr. Kathryn King-Metters, Executive Professor in the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs at the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, presented this workshop. Closing remarks were given by Ambassador Larry Napper, The George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
Co-sponsors: European Horizons and the European Union Center, Texas A&M University

Apr 18, 2016

Seminar Series: Europe in the 21st Century - The Syrian Crisis


Event Time:

Apr 18, 2016 - 12:20 PM to 13:20 PM

Series Description: Leading academics, journalists, and practitioners spoke about their perspectives on key issues impacting Europe today. Issues covered included developments within single nations, across Europe, and between Europe and other parts of the world. This series was open to all Texas A&M University faculty, students and staff, as well as the general public.
Seminar Speaker: Dr. Thomas Scotto, Professor of Government, at the University of Essex
Seminar Title: When a ‘Red Line’ Wasn’t Much of a Red Line:  The Syrian Crisis and the Failure of the United Kingdom and United States to Respond Decisively - What is the foreign policy cost of backing down from threats for democratic leaders
Seminar Description: In international relations, there is a long-standing supposition that democratic states conducting foreign policy have strong bargaining positions over non-democratic leaders because both elected leaders and their adversaries believe democratic leaders who make idle threats face sanction from their citizens, which prevents them from backing down from threats. Contrary to this theory, the speaker illustrated, using data from the limited UK/US intervention that took place in Syria following al-Assad’s documented use of chemical weapons, that backing down is far less costly for elected leaders than has been theorized.
Seminar Flyer: LINK TO FILE
Cosponsors: European Union Center, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts; Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service; George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Texas A&M University

Mar 09, 2016

Scholarly Meeting: Larry C. Napper, Ambassador (ret) and Senior Lecturer


Event Time:

Mar 09, 2016 - 23:00 PM to 12:00 PM

Description: Colonel Andrew Budd met with Larry C. Napper, Ambassador (ret) and Senior Lecturer. Napper is professor of the Russia and International Politics course at The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
Cosponsors: European Union Center of Excellence, Department of Political Science, and The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Mar 09, 2016

Guest Lecturer: Studies of NATO


Event Time:

Mar 09, 2016 - 18:30 PM to 20:30 PM

Description: Colonel Andrew Budd met with Dr. Gabriela Marin Thornton, Instructional Associate Professor, and nine graduate students with interests in NATO, from The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
Cosponsors: European Union Center of Excellence, Department of Political Science, and The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M Universit

Mar 09, 2016

Guest Lecturer: War and Diplomacy in Modern Europe


Event Time:

Mar 09, 2016 - 16:30 PM to 17:30 PM

Description: Colonel Andrew Budd served as a guest lecturer for the War and Diplomacy in Modern Europe course taught by Dr. Jarred Donnley, Visiting Assistant Professor, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
Cosponsors: European Union Center of Excellence, Department of Political Science, and The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Mar 09, 2016

Scholarly Meeting: Gabriela Marin Thornton


Event Time:

Mar 09, 2016 - 15:00 PM to 16:30 PM

Description: Colonel Andrew Budd met with Dr. Gabriela Marin Thornton, professor of the Nationalism, Immigration and Terrorism in the EU course at The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
Cosponsors: European Union Center of Excellence, Department of Political Science, and The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Mar 09, 2016

Guest Lecturer: National Security and Defense Planning


Event Time:

Mar 09, 2016 - 13:30 PM to 14:45 PM

Description: Colonel Andrew Budd served as a guest lecturer for the National Security and Defense Planning course taught by Dr. Andrew Ross, Professor and Director of Program for Certificate in National Security Affairs, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
Cosponsors: European Union Center of Excellence, Department of Political Science, and The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Mar 09, 2016

Seminar: NATO Q&A – Defense Policy and Capabilities


Event Time:

Mar 09, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 13:20 PM

Description: Colonel Andrew Budd provided an in-depth follow up to his seminar “NATO in Europe in 2016” with students from the Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, and The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
Cosponsors: European Union Center of Excellence, Department of Political Science, and The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Mar 08, 2016

Seminar Series: Europe in the 21st Century - NATO in Europe in 2016


Event Time:

Mar 08, 2016 - 12:20 PM to 13:20 PM

Series Description: Leading academics, journalists, and practitioners spoke about their perspectives on key issues impacting Europe today. Issues covered included developments within single nations, across Europe, and between Europe and other parts of the world. This series was open to all Texas A&M University faculty, students and staff, as well as the general public.
Seminar Speaker: Colonel Andrew Budd, Head of Defense Capabilities Section at NATO’s Defense Policy & Planning Division, Brussels, Belgium
Seminar Title: NATO in Europe in 2016 – NATO back to its roots- can it cope!
Seminar Description: Colonel Budd presented a fact-filled summary of NATO’s current capabilities, activities, and challenges. He also discussed the impact of current issues in Europe and Russia on NATO.
Seminar Flyer: LINK TO FILE
Cosponsors: European Union Center, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts; Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service; George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Texas A&M University

Mar 04, 2016

Scholarly Conference: Fat Politics, Lean Politics: Political Survival in Good and Bad Economic Times


Event Time:

Mar 04, 2016 - 09:00 AM to 18:00 PM

Description:  Scholars from diverse regions of the world presented their latest works focused on understanding the connections between voters and political parties during economic downturns and economic takeoffs, both in developed and developing economies. This conference will lead to a special edition of the journal Electoral Studies
Conference Flyer: LINK TO FILE
Conference Agenda: LINK TO FILE
Sponsor: European Union Center, Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University
Supporting the Texas A&M University Grand Challenges Strengthening Democracy Initiative
 

Mar 01, 2016

Guest Lecturer: Political Communication


Event Time:

Mar 01, 2016 - 16:30 PM to 17:30 PM

Description: Erik Kirschbaum Reuters Berlin correspondent, served as a guest lecturer for the Political Communication course taught by Dr. Kirby Goidel, Professor and Fellow of the Public Policy Research Institute and Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
Cosponsors: European Union Center of Excellence, Department of Political Science, and Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University

Mar 01, 2016

Seminar Series: Europe in the 21st Century - Europe's Refugee Crisis


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Mar 01, 2016 - 12:30 PM to 13:30 PM

Series Description: Leading academics, journalists, and practitioners spoke about their perspectives on key issues impacting Europe today. Issues covered included developments within single nations, across Europe, and between Europe and other parts of the world. This series was open to all Texas A&M University faculty, students and staff, as well as the general public.
Seminar Speaker: Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters Berlin Correspondent
Seminar Title: Europe's Refugee Crisis - Germany's role in the crisis, the issues at stake, the difficulties in coming up with EU solutions, and the risks entailed
Seminar Description: A Reuters Berlin correspondent since 1996, Kirschbaum regularly covers political, general and financial news fin Europe, and also covered the Greece election of 2012, as well as other national/international events including the Olympic Games in Athens, the 2006 World Cup, and the 2003 Iran earthquake. Kirschbaum provided insight into the current status of Europe’s refugee
Seminar Flyer: LINK TO FILE
Cosponsors:
European Union Center, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts; Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service; George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Texas A&M University

Mar 01, 2016

Scholarly Meeting: Dr. Jarred Donnley


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Mar 01, 2016 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Description: Erik Kirschbaum met with Dr. Jarred Donnley, professor of the War and Diplomacy in Modern Europe course at The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, to discuss parallel research.
Cosponsors: European Union Center of Excellence, Department of Political Science, and The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Dec 10, 2015

Scholarly Conference: Political Budgeting Across Europe


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Dec 10, 2015 - Dec 11, 2015 (09:00 AM to 18:00 PM)

Description: This conference will lead to a special edition of the Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP). For this special edition, scholars brought together who study the intertwined relationships of politics and government budgeting presented their papers. This conference presented a unique opportunity, however, because their interests lie in differing aspects of politics and budgets and they do not regularly interact with each other. Government budgeting, in general, remains a key aspect of government behavior; one that affects many other areas of academic research. By focusing on budgeting from a variety of theoretical perspectives, this special edition will appeal to a broad audience with interests in government behavior, institutions, specific policy areas (such as education or welfare), political economy, and others.
Special Edition Guest Editors: Christian Breunig (University of Konstanz), Christine S. Lipsmeyer (Texas A&M University), and Guy D. Whitten (Texas A&M University)
Conference Agenda: LINK TO FILE
Sponsor: European Union Center, Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University

Oct 16, 2015

Seminar: The Latent Dimensions that Structure Autocratic Rule


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Oct 16, 2015 - 12:00 PM to 13:30 PM

Seminar Title: The Latent Dimensions that Structure Autocratic Rule
Speaker: Joseph Wright, Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Cosponsors: Program in Political Economy and Political Violence (PEPV), European Union Center, and Project for Equity, Representation, and Governance, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University

Aug 29, 2015

Visiting Scholar: Petra van den Bekerom


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Aug 29, 2015 - Oct 30, 2015 (09:00 AM to 17:00 PM)

Description: Petra van den Bekerom, from Leiden University, The Netherlands, served as a visiting scholar sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University and the European Union Center, from August 29, 2015 thought October 30, 2015.  During her stay, she will be strengthening the ties between the public management research groups at Leiden University and the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M. She is interested in learning how and to what extent variations in environmental constraints affect the public management-performance linkage. Van den Bekerom plans to share knowledge about public management research in The Netherlands, write a research paper, and write a first draft of a postdoctoral research grant application. In addition, there will be many opportunities for her to interact with other Texas A&M University faculty members and  graduate students informally and also in a classroom setting and workshops.
Cosponsors: European Union Center; Project for Equity, Representation and Governance (PERG); and the Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University

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