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Spring 2015
March 16-20

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    Events This Week

Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U.Pitt)

Tu, Mar 17; 11 am

Room 411, 507 E. Green St., Champaign

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TTIP-ping Point? The Present and Future of the Transatlantic Trade Agreement

The negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty, formally begun in 2013, have attracted a great deal of attention within the EU, individual member states and in the US. The subject—and the talks—are complex and involve trade and investment in both goods and services across the full spectrum of economic activity of the world’s two most active trading partners. Proponents argue that the treaty will strengthen economic ties and create jobs; domestic producers on both sides of the Atlantic focus on market penetration; and others worry about public access to key decisions.
The panel will include Dan Hamilton of Johns Hopkins--SAIS, Elvire Fabry of the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris, Evgeny Postnikov - Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Glasgow, and Dan Beachy of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch in Washington. Panelists will assess where negotiations stand now, how the treaty relates to politics within the US and EU and what the consequences might be for a completion, or failure to achieve, a final treaty.
Organized by European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the UI European Union Center (EUC)

18th Annual European Union Film Festival

March 6- April 2

164 North State Street, Chicago

Gene Siskel Film Center 18th Annual European Union Film Festival

From March 6 through April 2, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the “18th Annual European Union Film Festival,” a colorful and diverse European escape from the Chicago winter. This largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union nations presents Chicago premieres of 61 new feature films from 27 nations, providing an in-depth portrait of Europe from east to west.

According to the tradition of our festival, the opening night is presided over by the nation currently holding the presidency of the European Union. On Friday, March 6, our host is Latvia’s Honorary Consul in Chicago, Robert Blumberg. Our opening film is the delightful feature-length animation THE GOLDEN HORSE, based on a Latvian folk tale, and suitable for all ages.

Tickets: Go to our website for on-line ticket purchasing information.

For more information, visit us online at: www.siskelfilmcenter.org or call 312-846-2800.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

  Upcoming Events

Joint Transatlantic Security Symposium/Turkish Studies Symposium

Fri, Apr 3; all day

Room 2025A, Ikenberry Commons, 301 E. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL

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Turkish Foreign Policy: Challenges and Opportunities

Turkish foreign policy has long been considered to be either synonymous with or at least heavily influenced by the foreign policy of its Western allies.  Although its position in NATO and its relationship with both the United States and the member states of the European Union remains an important component of Turkish foreign policy, domestic and regional factors are now playing an increasingly important role in what Turkey does and how it sees itself. This symposium examines the challenges and opportunities facing Turkish foreign policy-makers in the ever-evolving Middle East/North African region.  The presenters cover a wide range of topics, including include Turkey and the EU, Turkey and NATO, Turkey and the Prospects of a Middle Eastern Nuclear Weapons Free Zone, Turkey and the Syrian Refugee Crisis.  Also presented is an investigation of domestic determinants of Turkish Foreign Policy, the effect of Desecularization on Turkish Foreign Policy-Making, and Turkey’s role in combating Islamic Extremism.


Bilgin Ayata, Freie Universität Berlin
"From Blessing to Curse? The Arab Uprising and Its Implications on Turkish Foreign Policy"

Çigdem Benam, Boston College
"Opening Up the Turkish 'black box': Domestic Determinants of Turkish Foreign Policy"

Nilsu Goren, University of Maryland
"Extended Deterrence and Tactical Nuclear Weapons: The Turkish Case"

Ayhan Kaya, Bilgi University
"Desecularization of the State and Society in Turkey and Its Impact on Turkish Foreign Policy: Islamization and Ottomanization"

Can Kasapoglu, Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies
"The Syrian Civil War and Turkey's Tough Choices: Ankara Facing the New Regional Security Environment"

Kemal Kirisci, Brookings Institution
“Syrian refugees in Turkey: Why were they welcomed by the Turkish state?”

Kemal Silay, Indiana University
"A Political and Military Predicament: The Escalating Danger of Islamism in Turkey and Discourses against Its NATO Membership"

Omer Taspinar, Brookings Institution
"Turkey-EU Relations: Still Relevant?"

For more information on panelists and abtracts, please visit the symposium webage.
Co-Sponsored by European Union Center; The Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security; Center for Global Studies; Russian, East European and Eurasian Center; Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies.
    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

FefferBacklash in East-Central Europe: What Happened to the Promise of 1989?

On February 27, 2015, John Feffer, the director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, participated in the Jean Monnet Eastern Europe lecture series with his lecture entitled  "Backlash in East-Central Europe: What Happened to the Promise of 1989?" The transformations of 1989 in East-Central Europe were, by many standards, successful. Most of the countries are now part of the European Union and NATO. The wars in former Yugoslavia have been over for 15 years, and such large-scale conflicts are a thing of the past. Given these successes why has so much of the region soured on the political and economic model of liberalism adopted after 1989? Watch John Feffer's lecture and read more on the EUC blog.
As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments and sharing posts with others!


Study Abroad Opportunities

Study in Vienna, Austria
Application Deadline for Spring 2016: October 1
If you have interest in study abroad or your majorrequires it, now is the time to start making plans. Early planning makes it more likely that you can study abroad longer and ensures that you earn maximum credit toward your Illinois degree(s). The Austria-Illinois Exchange Program (AIEP) has been the official, direct, and affordable Illinois program in Austria since 1971. We are celebrating 44 years!
All AIEP & VDP credit is Illinois residence credit. It’s as if the University of Illinois had a Vienna campus. Earn advanced hours in German and likely hours toward another degree or minor. Use the AIEP to add a German minor or second major or to fulfill major requirements in Global Studies. Our program is strongly recommended to all German majors and minors. English language programs are available too.
Programs include:
Vienna German Lanugage Program (AIEP)
Vienna Diplomatic Program in English (VDP) spring onlyVienna Business Programs in English (Vienna BUS)
Engineering Course at the Vienna Technical University
Visit the webpage or view the brochure/application page for more information. Questions? Contact Prof. Robert Jenkins

Scholarships and Fellowships

Reserach College Postdoctoral Fellowships

"The Transformative Power of Europe. The European Union and the Diffusion of Ideas"
Application Deadline: 
April 1 (successful candidates will be informed in early May 2015)

The Research College (Kolleg-Forschergruppe) “The Transfomative Power of Europe. The European Union and the Diffusion of Ideas”, directed by Profs. Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse, advertises up to 4 postdoctoral fellowships. We particularly encourage applications on projects located in the field of comparative regionalism. 
The fellows must have their PhD submitted by the fall of 2015 (September 30, 2015 at the latest). The duration of the fellowship is 12 months (October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016) with an annual stipend of € 30,000 (including travel expenses).
Further information can be found at www.transformeurope.eu or obtained at transform-europe@fu-berlin.de
Please send your application via email to transform-europe@fu-berlin.de
 Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Conversation Table in Modern Greek: meetings for the Spring semester take place at Espresso Royale on Goodwin, every Thursday beginning March 5th, from 4-5pm.

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hour: Meetings for the Spring semester are every Wednesday, 3-4pm in FLB 3114.

Italian Conversation Group: meets Tuesdays at at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 7 p.m., during spring semester. All levels are welcome!

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table: meets every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 pm at Espresso Royale on Goodwin.

Turkish Coffee Hour: meets every Thursday from 5-6pm at Espresso Royale on Goodwin.

Arabic Conversation Table: meets every Thursday at 4pm in the basement of 1207 W. Oregon (Less Commonly Taught Language Program Resource Room). The Arabic Conversation Table is an important and weekly activity, and a fun opportunity for students to practice and enhance their listening and speaking skills and to interact with native speakers of Arabic.

If you would like to announce your Spring 2015 conversation tables & coffee hours, please send the information to Sebnem Ozkan.



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