EUI and University of Luxembourg sign memo of understanding


Professor Stéphane Pallage, Rector of the University of Luxembourg, and Professor Renaud Dehousse, President of the EUI, have jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement will facilitate the short-term exchange of Ph.D. candidates and academic staff between the two universities, and pledges collaboration on research initiatives and joint conferences in fields of mutual interest.

EUI Library's agreement with Agence Europe launches a new special collection

On July 12th, President Dehousse signed an Agreement on behalf of the EUI Library with Agence Europe’s current director Lorenzo Riccardi to digitise the Agence Europe Bulletin Quotidien from 1953 to 1999. 'The EUI Library considers this Agreement the first step of a new area of development for special collections in our library' - says library director Pep Torn – 'and points towards an acquisition strategy that makes it possible to fill collection gaps in our library by acquiring and digitising relevant publications across all disciplines.'

French Ambassador to Italy visits the Institute

His Excellency Christian Masset, the French Ambassador to Italy, toured the EUI on Friday 6 July. The Ambassador met with President Renaud Dehousse and the Secretary General Vincenzo Grassi to learn about the activities of the Institute. He also had the opportunity to meet French members of the EUI's faculty, staff and researcher communities, and, later in the day, visited the Historical Archives of the European Union.

15th Transatlantic Dialogue takes place at the EUI

The 15th Transatlantic Dialogue was held at the European University Institute this week. The heads of over twenty universities as well as senior representatives from European and North American university associations from both sides of the Atlantic attended the summit, which addressed ‘Higher education and its communities: openness, democracy and engagement’. The event was jointly organised by the European University Association, Universities Canada and the American Council on Education, and managed onsite at the Badia Fiesolana by the School of Transnational Governance.

Ignatieff on contemporary authoritarianism

Michael Ignatieff knows a thing or two about authoritarianism. As President and Rector of the Central European University in Budapest, Ignatieff has found himself on the frontline of the fight for academic and intellectual freedom in Hungary. In a visit to the EUI – in which he delivered keynote addresses at the Max Weber Programme’s June Conference and at the 20th annual EUI Conferring Ceremony – Ignatieff reflected on what has caused the rising tide of authoritarianism, where academics have gone wrong, and what they must do to start fighting back. Read a write-up of his visit in EUI Times.



The Political

by Stefano Bartolini

Political behaviour, political institutions, political participation and political groups denote special kinds of behaviour, institutions, participation and groups whose specialty resides in their being 'political'. What does this specification refer to? This monograph aims to answer this question, unpacking the 'politics' with the concept understood as the production and distribution of 'behavioural compliance'.

Migration to the Gulf: policies in sending and receiving countries

edited by Philippe Fargues and Nasra Shah

In all states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, foreign citizens are a majority in the workforce, and, in several, the majority of the states’ total population. While instrumental to prosperity, migration also challenges these states' identities. Furthermore, for many countries of origin in South Asia, the Arab world and East Africa, migration to the Gulf is an integral part of the daily lives of tens of millions. This book is about policies designed to regulate migration, protect migrants, and ensure their contribution to the prosperity of the Gulf and the development of their home countries.

Emotional choices: how the logic of affect shapes coercive diplomacy

by Robin Markwica

How do leaders react to coercive diplomacy? In this historical analysis, the author applies the logic of affect to Nikita Khrushchev's behavior during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 and Saddam Hussein's decision-making in the Gulf conflict in 1990-91, offering a novel explanation for why U.S. coercive diplomacy succeeded in one case but not in the other.

Europe's Brexit: EU perspectives on Britain's vote to leave

edited by Tim Oliver

Covering the period from David Cameron’s attempt to renegotiate the UK’s EU membership prior to the Referendum and closing with the triggering of Article 50, the book charts the individual member-states’ response to the UK’s referendum process and result. Each essay draws on the research of country experts and together they provide essential context for understanding the likely negotiating position of the European nations towards the UK at this historic juncture and a fascinating insight into their likely future relations with the UK.

Terrorism and European security governance

edited by Andreas Gofas

The threat of terrorism in Europe remains a source of much public anxiety, with 40% of Europeans perceiving the risk of a terrorist attack to be high, despite considerable counter-terrorism efforts made by NATO and the EU.  This short publication, available free of charge on open access, examines the problem of dealing with terrorism from four strategic points of view.