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Students engage in the study of modern European and Eurasian history, political economy and current affairs. The program equips concentrators to analyze not only what is happening in the European Union and its member states, but also on other nations in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, including Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia and to understand the region's role in the world.
An overview of the EES program from Director Erik Jones.
Students may begin the EES program in either Bologna or Washington DC. The program differs from other concentrations at the school because it does not have any required coursework. Students work with their program advisor and members of the senior faculty to design a course of study to prepare for three comprehensive exams that must be completed to meet the degree requirements. EES concentrators complete a program capstone by reporting on their summer internship experience or conducting an oral examination with members of the senior faculty.
Brussels, Bucharest or Bologna? Madrid, Milan or Moscow? London, Luxembourg, Warsaw or Zagreb?
Which of these cities will be your summer internship destination?
The unique Johns Hopkins SAIS model of providing a trans-Atlantic education means that students have the opportunity to study international relations first from a European perspective in Bologna and then from an American one in Washington DC One of the goals of the school's European and Eurasian Studies Program in particular is to provide a “third country experience” during the summer between the first and second years of the program, allowing concentrators to experience living and working in their region of study.
This year the program has secured over 50 internship positions across the region in policy research, public affairs consulting, international business development, financial and macroeconomic analysis, political movements and more. Opportunities are specifically designed for students and offer a content-rich experience with senior-level mentors.
Applications are open to MA, MAIA and MIPP candidates of all years and concentrations on all three campuses. Priority is given to first-year students in the EES program, though graduating students interested in working in the region are also considered since summer “exit-internships” are often a way to get a foot on the vieux continent. All recruiting is done through the SAISworks system.
Questions may be directed to Kathryn Knowles, Associate Director of European and Eurasian Studies (email@example.com).
Students in this seminar conducted between Bologna and Washington via video conference develop an original question and make a scholarly contribution to the field. MA and PhD candidates learn research methods, analyze a current issue in the region and present their work during an authors’ workshop with program faculty.
European and Eurasian Studies Distinguished Lecture Series
The EES Distinguished Lecture Series at SAIS Washington is hosted by EES faculty and Author-in-Residence, James Mann. The series features global leaders and experts of the region. Lectures are held on select Tuesday evenings and open to the school's community and the public. RSVP for upcoming events at eesdistinguishedlectures.com.
The Russia/Eurasia Forum meets bi-weekly and is hosted by Professor Bruce Parrott. Experts from around the Washington, DC area give presentations on topics ranging from Religion in Contemporary Russian Politics, the Global Revolution in Natural Gas, to the changing relationship between Europe and Russia. Lectures are open to the school's community and the public. RSVP for upcoming events at RESforum.eventbrite.com.
Current Events Seminars
Students have the opportunity to gather at this informal seminar led by Professor Charles Gati, and discuss current events in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The seminar also provides students with the opportunity to present current research and receive feedback from both faculty and their peers. Current Events seminars are open to all Johns Hopkins SAIS Washington students and are held on select Wednesdays, 12:30-1:45pm. Contact Cristina Benitez, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
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European and Eurasian Studies Seminar Series
EES organizes evening seminars at SAIS Europe as part of the faculty research seminar series. The events provide unique opportunities for students to interact with visiting scholars and practioners from across Europe in an informal setting. Recent series themes include "Europe's Security Challenges", "New Trends in Central Banking and Finance", and "Profits & Politics: Business-State Relations in the Wider Europe." The 2016-2017 series on "Understanding the New Europe" is co-hosted by our EES Director, Erik Jones, and Associate Professor of International Political Economy, Matthias Matthijs.
The Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR)
The BIPR is the research division of SAIS Europe. Its purpose is to promote problem-centered, interdisciplinary research in international policy by drawing upon the global network of Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty, students and scholars. The work of the BIPR is made available to the public with the goal of providing a pivotal forum for thought and debate in international public policy. BIPR employs student research assistants each semester to manage its event reports program and disseminate content from the faculty research seminar series to the wider policy community. Students working on BIPR have been key contributors to a number of promotional projects at SAIS Europe, including the launch of faculty-authored books.
The Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD)
The CCSDD is a research partnership between SAIS Europe and the School of Law at the University of Bologna. The CCSDD conducts research and training in the field of comparative constitutional law, focusing on countries undergoing a process of democratic transition. Through conferences, workshops, publications, summer schools, study trips, and speaker series, the CCSDD addresses issues of civil society development and legal reform. The Center's current research focuses on EU enlargement, contemporary political and constitutional transformations in North Africa, the role of constitutional courts in Central Asia, as well as electoral management bodies. Each year, the CCSDD conducts a number of programs including the "European Union and Legal Reform" Summer School in Montenegro, the Sarajevo Study Trip, and the CCSDD Lecture Series. SAIS Europe students are hired as interns to work on research and teaching-related projects.
European and Eurasian Studies Program Learning Goals and Objectives
Entering Class 2016-2017
MA students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 courses (48 credits) or 14 courses (56 credits) as approved by Academic Affairs.
MA students concentrating in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) design their own program of study to achieve fixed learning outcomes as set out in the program syllabus. These learning outcomes are evaluated in three comprehensive exams (in lieu of the Core exam requirement). The program does not have any required courses. Candidates work with their program adviser and senior faculty to plan courses and independent readings that will prepare them for the comprehensive exams.
To view the EES Curriculum Matrix, click HERE.
Russia and Eurasia Track: Students who choose the Russia and Eurasia track within the concentration complete Comp III in this area and must achieve Russian language for proficiency.
Comprehensive exams are given three to four times per year on both campuses and are graded as pass/fail. Exams may be taken multiple times without penalty. The European and Eurasian Studies comprehensive exams are based on the EES syllabus which sets out the topics and offers a bibliography for each written exam.
Comp I: Modern European History and Ideas
The purpose of this examination is to expose EES concentrators to a broad interpretative framework for understanding the formation and evolution of the international systems of states. Students without a strong background in European history should take or audit the specialized history core course, Evolution of the International System. Students usually take this exam after their first or second semester, depending on their campus of study.
Comp II: European Political Economies
The purpose of this examination is to make sure that students understand the essentials of governance – including economic governance – across the region. This exam encompasses the domestic political economies of the four major Western European nation states, the European Union and European integration generally, the problems of transition in Central and Eastern Europe—including Russia, and Europe’s relations with the US and global economies. Candidates take this exam before or after their third semester.
Comp III: Europe and the World Since 1945
This comprehensive examination covers the relationship between European countries and the outside world. That relationship is both country-specific and regional. This exam has three different elements. The first concerns the international political economy, which is arguably where Europe is most influential. The second looks at the regional dimension of Europe’s relations with the outside world, and draws on the history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as the European Union. The third focuses on the comparative foreign policies of European countries. Students usually take Comp III at the end of their third of forth semester.
Comp III: Russian and Eurasian Studies
This comprehensive exam is designed for students in the Russia and Eurasia track. It covers the rise and fall of communism in Russia and Eurasia and allows students to focus on two of the following sub-areas: Post-Communist Politics, Post-Communist Economies, Post-Communist National Identities and Ethnic Relations, Post-Communist Civil Societies, and Post-Communist Foreign and Security Policies. Students usually take Comp III at the end of their third of fourth semester.
Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
· Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
· International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
· International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Microeconomics in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.
Students must receive a 2.67 average in the 4 required economics courses or they must retake a course(s) until a 2.67 average is obtained. If any of the 4 courses are achieved by passing a waiver exam or during Pre-Term, the student must substitute an economics elective course(s) in place of the waived course(s) in order to fulfill the economics requirement above. In this case, the school will use the highest economics program elective course grade(s) to compute this average if a student is replacing one or more of the 4 required courses of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory.
Students must complete one course from the list below.
· Statistical Methods for Business & Economics
· Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
· Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
· Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
· Risk Analysis and Modeling
· Quantitative Global Economics (prerequisite International Monetary Theory)
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.
European and Eurasian Studies concentrators do not need to take any core exams, but they must pass the three program comprehensive exams. EES concentrators substitute Comp I and Comp II for the school's core exam requirements in Evolution of the International System and Comparative Politics.
European and Eurasian Studies MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a modern European language taught at the school (English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish). Students who select the Russia and Eurasia track must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in Russian. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering the school. Native speakers of a modern European language or Russian (if in the Russia and Eurasia track) must pass proficiency in a second language which can include English. Those students are encouraged to study another modern European language.
After completion of the SAIS and EES language requirements, full-time SAIS students may pursue additional European language studies and may take the following courses at Georgetown University free of charge: Advanced German, Advanced Italian, Polish, Turkish and Ukranian.
European and Eurasian Studies concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:
European and Eurasian Studies Minor Requirements: (as of AY 16/17)
General Minor Requirements:
To add or change a minor, please click HERE.
Concentrators analyze the trends, events and ideas that have shaped today's Europe and Eurasia. They discover the essentials of governance, including economic governance, focusing on individual states as well as institutions of the European Union. The EES program is designed to ensure that concentrators have sufficient depth of knowledge in European and Eurasian Studies. Two of the comprehensive exams cover much the same material that you would find in the school's Core examinations on ‘Evolution of the International System’ and ‘Comparative National Systems’. Hence, by passing the comprehensive examinations, EES concentrators meet the school's core requirement. The EES program is also designed to enhance cross-cultural communication. All students must demonstrate proficiency in a modern European language. Once students achieve proficiency in one language, they are encouraged to deepen their knowledge through post-proficiency study or to broaden their exposure by taking up another language. The EES program encourages specialization. This can take place on an individual basis through participation in the European and Eurasian Research Seminar. It can also take place on a sub-regional basis by focusing attention on different parts of Europe. Within this framework, it is possible to follow a Russian and Eurasian Studies “track” and have this noted on your transcript. Students who choose this track will need to demonstrate proficiency in Russian.
Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova lie in a strategically important region of the Euro-Atlantic space. In the more than 20 years since they gained their independence from the Soviet Union, these states have been alternately excluded from collective security and economic integration, and made instruments in conflict between East and West. Yet each has also developed along its own distinct and complex path, reflecting inherited challenges related to nationality, identity, and historical memory, as well as current disputes over security alliances, control of resources, and political systems. This course investigates domestic political, social and economic questions, including issues of identity; foreign policy orientations; relations with NATO, US and the EU; the influence of Russia; and the successes and failures of reintegration of the East European borderlands into post-Soviet Eurasia.
France and Germany have been the engines of Europe since at least the 1970s. This course will focus on contemporary French and German politics, including both the political context but also the economic and social context and a number of key policy areas including economic, social, foreign and security policies. The student will come away from the course with an understanding of the key factors shaping public policy formulation in these two key European countries and an ability to analyze development in the broad European arena.
This course introduces students to the major political-economic developments in Central and Eastern Europe from the end of the Second World War to the present. The emphasis in the course is on the fall of communism and the events that came thereafter, but it will necessarily build on an analysis of the Cold War period. Students will acquire a broad understanding of how the countries of Central and Eastern Europe developed over the course of the 20th century; the successes, failures and dilemmas of the post-communist transitions; and the diversity of political and economic responses to the massive changes brought about by the revolutions of 1989, EU enlargement, and integration into the global economy.
The first part of this course covers the evolution of EU "foreign policy" over the years and covers the complex institutional machinery which has changed signficantly since the Lisbon Treaty has entered into force in late 2009. Attention will also be paid to the various facets of "external" action by the Union, well beyond foreign policy proper.
The second part will focus on specific areas, regions, and cases in EU foreign policy, in order toa llow the students to follow/develop their own interests. A conclusive session will assess the EU's international role and make educated guesses and normative assumptions about its future.
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Now in its fifth edition, Europe Today presents unrivaled coverage of developments in major European countries anc across the region. Thoroughly revised and updated - with a new introduction and an added chapter on Spain - this is the only work that offers a sustained and unified set of both country case studies and thematic chapters on the European Union. Written by leading scholars from Europe and North America, the book offers a range of perspectives on the process of European integration, the evolution of economic performance, the spread of judicial authority, and the reaction to multiculturalism and immigration. Highlighting the impact of the global economic crisis and the struggle to assert Europe's voice more widely, the contributors provide a cosmopolitan and pragmatic assessment of what Europeans have accomplished and what challenges they continue to face. Each chapter builds on a foundation of basic political information and explanation to develop distinctive and thought-provoking contributions to current debates. A book that informs but also engages, this comprehensive text will lead readers toward a coherent and informed view of Europe today.
Contributions by: Gianfranco Baldini, Simon Duke, Eric S. Einhorn, Gregory W. Fuller, Gabriel Goodliffe, Roberta Haar, Jonathan Hopkin, Erik Jones, R. Daniel Kelemen, Serhiy Kudelia, Benedicta Marzinotto, Jonathon W. Moses, Bruce Parrott, Sebastián Royo, Kate Alexander Shaw, Ben Stanley, Ronald Tiersky, John Van Oudenaren, and Helga A. Welsh
In October 2012 a group of friends, colleagues and former students gathered in Bologna, Italy to honor David P. Calleo for his accomplishments, partake of his wisdom and special company, and as the papers published here demonstrate, to reflect on and discuss his ideas. The title of the conference, and of this collection of papers, comes from a letter written by David, and captures something essential about his approach: a belief in the importance of the creative political imagination, a temperamental optimism, and an impatience with unreasonable ideas and clichés.
David P. Calleo is Dean Acheson Professor of European Studies at SAIS and University Professor of the Johns Hopkins University. He entered Yale at age sixteen receiving his BA in 1955 and Ph.D. in 1959. He founded (in 1968) and directed (until 2012) the preeminent American graduate program for the study of contemporary Europe and shepherded some forty doctoral dissertations to their successful completion. SAIS European Studies (now European and Eurasian Studies) has formed hundreds of professionals working today in government, business, academia, and the press.
Contributors: Dana H. Allin, Christopher Chivvis, David Ellwood, Gabriel Goodliffe, John L. Harper, Pierre Hassner, Erik Jones, Matthias Matthijs, Gian Giacomo Migone, Thomas Row, Benjamin Rowland, Simon Serfaty, Michael Stürmer, Omer Taspinar