December 08, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 12/8/15 - Elizabeth Prodromou [Audio]


Part 1: Religion and the European Project
Elizabeth H. Prodromou is Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution at The Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she teaches in the Program in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. She is Co-Chair of the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe Study Group at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. Before coming to Fletcher, Prodromou served a diplomatic appointment as Vice Chair and Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (2004-2012); and since 2011, is a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Religion & Foreign Policy Working Group, serving on the Subgroup on Religious Freedom, Democracy, and Security in the Middle East and North Africa. Her research deals with issues of religious freedom, democratization, and security threats, with particular focus on comparative religion-political regimes in the Near East and on Transatlantic responses to religious radicalism. Published widely in scholarly and policy journals and international media, she has been involved in research and advisory work for international and non-governmental organizations on religious freedom rights. Her current research focuses on rights of religious minorities under secularist and non-secularist regimes, as well as on strategies of religious institutions to state repression and persecution.
Part 2: Committee Presentations and Discussions

The Program Committee will present its current discussions for feedback from the class and invited guests.  Special Events, Voices from the Field, Inquiry and the International Students Committees will also provide brief overviews.

December 03, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 12/3/15 - Lionel McPherson and Mario de Caro [AUDIO]


Lecture and discussion on "Immigration and the Idea of Europe"

Lionel K. McPherson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. His research interests include normativity, the basis and extent of obligations, war and terrorism, and race. Between philosophy schoolings, he worked at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) and wrote arts criticism. His publications include "Blackness and Blood: Interpreting African American Identity" (with Tommie Shelby, Philosophy & Public Affairs, 2004), "Is Terrorism Distinctively Wrong?" (Ethics, 2007), and "Normativity and the Rejection of Rationalism" (The Journal of Philosophy, 2007).

Mario De Caro teaches Moral Philosophy at Università Roma Tre. Since 2000 he has also been teaching at Tufts University. He received his first degree and his PhD in Philosophy at University of Rome "La Sapienza". He spent two years at MIT as a Visiting Graduate Student and one at Harvard University as a Fulbright Fellow. He is Associate editor of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, forthcoming for Cambridge UP in 2015 and a member of the editorial and scientific boards of several international journals. He is Vice President of the Consulta Filosofica Italiana, a former President of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, and a member of the American Philosophical Association on whose Committee on Academic Career Opportunities and Placement he served 2009-2013.

December 01, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 12/1/15 - Margareta Matache [AUDIO]


Margareta (Magda) Matache is a Roma rights activist from Romania. In 2012 she was awarded a Hauser postdoctoral fellowship at the FXB Center, where currently she works as an instructor. From 2005 to 2012 Matache was the executive director of Romani CRISS (, a leading NGO that defends and promotes the rights of Roma. During her tenure Romani CRISS took a stand against discrimination in landmark cases targeting the president, prime minister, and foreign minister of Romania. The organization’s advocacy and litigation efforts also contributed to the approval of the domestic School Desegregation Bill. Prior to this work Matache served as a youth worker and trainer on cultural diversity and minority rights. She has also worked as an election observer in the Western Balkans and has implemented well-known initiatives, including “Roma and the Stability Pact in South-Eastern Europe” and “Roma Use Your Ballot Wisely.” She completed her doctoral research work in the early childhood development of Romani children at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest, and holds a Master’s degree in European Social Policies. Her publications and research have covered the rights, agency, and social ecology of Romani children and adolescents, early childhood development, Romani women, anti-Roma violence, and segregation in education.

November 24, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 2015-16: Richard Shultz 11/24/15 [AUDIO]


Richard H. Shultz is Professor of International Politics and Director of the International Security Studies Program at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He has held three chairs: Olin Distinguished Professor of National Security, U.S. Military Academy; Secretary of the Navy Senior Research Fellow, Naval War College; and Brigadier General Oppenheimer Chair of War-fighting Strategy, U.S. Marine Corps. Since the mid-1980s, he has served as a security consultant to various U.S. government agencies concerned with national security. He will publish this academic year a new book on the U.S. Marine Corps’ 2004-2008 counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq titled, The Marines Take Anbar: The Four-Year Fight to Defeat al Qaeda in Iraq. He has recently initiated a new research project with Dr. Querine Hanlon of United States Institute of Peace that will focus on designing a new U.S. approach to Security Sector Reform that draws on existing theory and international practice, as well as U.S. experience, to identify flexible tools for addressing dysfunctional security sectors in fragile states. His most recent book is Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary Combat (Columbia University Press, 2006; 2009 Paperback). Recent articles include “A QDR for all Seasons,” Joint Forces Quarterly (September 2010) and “The Sources of Instability in the Twenty-First Century Weak States, Armed Groups, and Irregular Conflict,” Strategic Studies Quarterly (Summer 2011).

November 18, 2015

Ambassador Lamberto Zannier


Ambassador Lamberto Zannier took up the post of OSCE Secretary General on 1 July 2011. Amb Zannier is an Italian career diplomat. From June 2008 to June 2011, he was UN Special Representative for Kosovo and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). From 2002 to 2006, he was the Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre of the OSCE. Previous senior positions include Permanent Representative of Italy to the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague (2000-2002), chairperson of the negotiations on the adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (1998-1999), and Head of Disarmament, Arms Control and Cooperative Security at NATO (1991-1997).

November 17, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 10/15/15 - Mai'a Cross [AUDIO]


Dr. Mai’a K. Davis Cross is an assistant professor of political science and international affairs at Northeastern University and an expert on European politics, especially foreign and security policy, epistemic communities, crises, diplomacy, and public diplomacy. She is the author of Security Integration in Europe: How Knowledge-based Networks are Transforming the European Union, which is the 2012 winner of the Best Book Prize from the University Association of Contemporary European Studies, and The European Diplomatic Corps: Diplomats and International Cooperation from Westphalia to Maastricht. She is co-editor (with Jan Melissen) of European Public Diplomacy: Soft Power at Work, and her current single-authored book project is entitled, The Politics of Crisis in Europe. Dr. Cross has also published numerous articles, book chapters, policy briefs, and public commentary on a wide range of issues. She serves on several editorial and advisory boards, and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has also been a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Studies and Visiting Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris.

November 17, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 11/17/15 - Karl Kaiser [AUDIO]


Karl Kaiser is Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School and Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He was educated at the Universities of Cologne, Grenoble and Oxford and taught at the Universities of Bonn, Johns Hopkins (Bologna), Saarbruecken, Cologne, the Hebrew University, and the Departments of Government and Social Studies of Harvard. He was a Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Bonn/Berlin and an advisor to Chancellors Brandt and Schmidt. He was a member of the German Council of Environmental Advisors. He serves on the Board of Foreign Policy, Internationale Politik, the Advisory Board of the American-Jewish Committee, Berlin, and the Board of the Federal Academy of Security Policy, Berlin. He is a recipient of the Atlantic Award of NATO. Professor Kaiser is the author or editor of several hundred articles and about fifty books in the fields of world affairs, German, French, British and US foreign policy, transatlantic and East-West relations, nuclear proliferation, strategic theory, and international environmental policy. He holds a Ph.D. from Cologne University and an Honorary Doctorate of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

November 13, 2015

VII Perspectives: Migration

Student Resources
October 29, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 10/29/15 - Cody Valdes and Kai Keller [AUDIO]


Part I: "The idea of European civilization: the permanent regime founded on corruption"

October 22, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 10/22/15 - Mark Miller [AUDIO]


Mark J. Miller is the Emma Smith Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware.  He joined the Department in 1978. He specializes in Migration Studies, Comparative Politics, and European Politics. His research focuses on comparative immigration and refugee policies, global migration and migration and security.  His recent publications includeThe Age of Migration, 5th ed.; ‘Land of Immigration’, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, 9/Spring 2013; and 'The Diffusion of Norms Concerning Trafficked and Battered Women: The Greek-US Evolution post-1990,' in A. Brysk and A. Choi-Fitzpatrick,eds. Human Trafficking and Human Rights:Rethinking Conemporary Slavery, with G. Wasileski.
Mark Miller was joined by Julia Stewart-David, a Fletcher EU Fellow, and Kelly Greenhill, Associate Professor in the Tufts Political Science Department.

October 20, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 10/20/15 - David Art [AUDIO]


David Art came to the EPIIC colloquium on Tuesday October 20, 2015 to give a lecture entitled "Right-Wing Politics in Europe and The Politics of Memory." David Art is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University.  His field is comparative politics, with a regional focus on Europe. Professor Art's research interests include extremist political parties and movements, the politics of history and memory, and comparative historical analysis in the social sciences. He is the author of Inside the Radical Right: The Development of Anti-Immigrant Parties in Western Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and The Politics of the Nazi Past in Germany and Austria (Cambridge University Press, 2006). His articles have appeared in Comparative Politics, German Politics and Society, Party Politics, and West European Politics. Professor Art is Co-Convenor of the European Consortium for Political Research's (ECPR) Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy.  During the 2008-2009 academic year he was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute.

October 20, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 10/15/15 - Robert Cross [AUDIO]


Robert Cross gave a lecture entitled "Europe from 1453." Robert Cross is a lecturer in the History Department of Tufts University working on his forthcoming book, To Counterbalance the World: Britain, Spain & Peace in Early Modern Europe.  He has lectured at a number of universities including Northeastern and Vanderbilt and is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies.

October 08, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 10/8/15 - Yannis Ioannides [Audio]


Professor Ioannides joined the Tufts faculty in September 1995 as the Max and Herta Neubauer Professor in Economics. Previously he taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he served as Department Head from 1989-1995. He has also held an appointment as a Professor of Economics at the Athens School of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece, and was a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research from 1982-1993. His research interests are macroeconomics, economic growth and inequality, social interactions and networks, and housing markets. He is currently an Associate Editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics and of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, second edition. He served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Social Interactions and Economic Inequality, and as a consultant to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the European Investment Bank (Luxembourg), and other EU, US, and Greek institutions. He has participated widely in conferences and has published articles in many leading journals including: American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Economic Theory, International Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Economic Journal, Regional Science and Urban Economics, The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and most recently by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

October 01, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 10/1/15- Enrico Spolaore [AUDIO]


Enrico Spolaore's lecture entitled "Monnet’s Chain Reaction and the Future of Europe:Reflections on the Political Economy of European Integration."

Enrico Spolaore is a Professor of Economics at Tufts University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), where he is a member of the Political Economy Program. He is also a CESIfo Fellow at the University of Munich and an External Associate at the University of Warwick’s Centrefor Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE). His main research interests are in political economy, economic growth and development, and international economics. Among his publications are “On the Number and Size of Nations” (with Alberto Alesina, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1997), “Economic Integration and Political Disintegration” (with Alberto Alesina and Romain Wacziarg, American Economic Review, 2000),“On the Evaluation of Economic Mobility” (with Peter Gottschalk, Review of Economic Studies, 2002), “The Diffusion of Development” (with Romain Wacziarg, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2009), “How Deep Are the Roots of Economic Development?” (with Romain Wacziarg, Journal of Economic Literature, 2013), “What is European Integration Really About? A Political Guide for Economists” (Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2013), and several other articles and book chapters. Spolaore’s publications also include the monograph The Size of Nations (with Alberto Alesina, MIT Press, 2003 – paperback edition, 2005), and two edited volumes on Culture and Economic Growth (Edward Elgar, 2014). Before joining the Tufts faculty in 2004, Spolaore held faculty positions at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Ohio State University, Boston College, and Brown University. He also worked as a consultant for the Confederation of Italian Industries (Confindustria) and the European Commission. At Tufts he served as Chair of the Economics Department between 2006 and 2012.  Spolaore was born in Italy, and holds Italian and U.S. citizenships.

September 24, 2015

EPIIC Colloquium 9/24/15 - Mark Blyth [AUDIO]


On Thursday, September 24, 2015 the EPIIC Colloquium had the pleasure of hearing from guest lecturer Mark Blyth on the topic of "Austerity and the Future of the Euro." Mark Blyth is Eastman Professor of Political Economy and faculty fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. He is based in political science but his research begs and borrows from multiple fields. He is particularly interested in how uncertainty and randomness impact complex systems, particularly economic systems, and why people continue to believe particular economic ideas despite buckets of evidence to the contrary. He was a member of the Warwick Commission on International Financial Reform that made an early case for macro-prudential regulation. He is the author of several books including Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2002, and most recently, Financial Times Books of the Year (economics List) Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Oxford University Press 2013), which questions the return to prominence of financial orthodoxy following the global financial crisis.