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European Security: Old Trends and New Realities @ Villa Schifanoia
Oct 22 – Oct 24 all-day

Scientific Coordinators:

Prof. Ulrich Krotz | European University Institute

Dr. Richard Maher | European University Institute

Dr. Robin Markwica | European University Institute


This Executive Training Seminar will examine the broad range of security risks and challenges currently facing the European Union (EU) and its member states. Europe’s security environment is increasingly complex and uncertain. Some of the challenges that the EU encounters today are ones that it has faced for many decades, such as concern over Russia’s power and intentions and the credibility of the U.S. security commitment to European defense. Others are of more recent vintage, such as Arctic security, spillover effects from the “arc of instability” that runs along the EU’s southern and southeastern borders, and how best to deter potential Russian encroachment in Eastern Europe and the Baltics. Bringing together academic specialists, policymakers, and think tank experts, this three-day seminar offers an in-depth overview of the scale and scope of the security challenges facing Europe. It outlines possible measures that the EU and its member states could take to address these challenges. Topics include EU initiatives to build independent security and defense capabilities, and appraisals of the various security risks and threats facing the EU’s northern, southern, and eastern flanks, respectively. Through presentations, case studies, and simulations, attendees will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of how security risks in Europe could evolve, combine, and interact, and the policy responses that will be needed to manage the forces at play.


Final Programme

Applications closed



Dr. Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer | German Marshall Fund, France
Prof. Raffaella Del Sarto | SAIS Europe and European University Institute, Italy
Prof. Ulrich Krotz | European University Institute, Italy
Dr. Jon Kyst | European External Action Service, Belgium
Tomáš Valášek | Carnegie Europe, Belgium
Prof. Page Wilson | University of Iceland, Iceland



Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 14 October 2018.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 7 October 2018.

Citizenship Without Consent: Lessons from the United States @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lecture by Peter Schuck

Organisers: Liav Orgad | EUI, IDC and WZB and Jules Lepoutre | EUI

Birthright citizenship (jus soli) is a simple, easily-administered rule to facilitate integration of illegally-present children who are likely to spend most or all of their lives in a country. In the U.S., however, automatic citizenship at birth for such children is deeply problematic for both constitutional and political reasons. It contradicts a fundamental constitutional commitment to consent-based membership, inscribed in the 14th Amendment. And it is hard to justify it in a country like the U.S. that borders large, much poorer, violence-exposed populations that use illegal migration pathways to escape those conditions. Therefore, a more nuanced citizenship rule based on length of residence and education in the U.S. could address both of those problems.

What lessons can the U.S. experience teach European policy-makers? According to Prof. Schuck, a review of the U.S. experience suggests that in Europe – under current conditions where illegal migration is convulsing democratic politics – a move away from its traditional jus sanguinis rules seems most unlikely, indeed politically suicidal.

Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University. He has held this chair since 1984, served briefly as Deputy Dean of the Law School, and took emeritus status in 2009. His major fields of teaching and research are law and public policy; tort law; immigration, citizenship, and refugee law; groups, diversity, and law; and administrative law. He has published One Nation Undecided: Clear Thinking about Five Hard Issues That Divide Us (2017, Princeton UP).

Chair: Liav Orgad | EUI, IDC and WZB

Discussants: Leila Hadj-Abdou | EUI, Jules Lepoutre | EUI  and Ashley Mantha-Hollands | WZB 

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The event is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Grant Agreement No 716350).

Beyond Migrants and Refugees: A Model International Mobility Convention @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
Nov 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Roundtable with  Michael W. Doyle | Columbia University 

Organised by  Liav Orgad and Jean-Thomas Arrighi  |  EUI

After nearly two years of study and debate convened by the Columbia Global Policy Initiative’s International Migration Project, the Model International Mobility Convention (MIMC) represents a consensus among over 40 academics and policymakers in the fields of migration, human rights, national security, labor economics, and refugee law. The MIMC provides a holistic and rights-based approach to international mobility that integrates the various regimes that seek to govern people on the move. In addition, it fills key gaps in international law that leave many people unprotected by establishing the minimum rights afforded to all people who cross state borders – whether as visitors, tourists, students, workers, residents, entrepreneurs, forced migrants, refugees, victims of trafficking, people caught in countries in crisis and family members – and defines their relationships to their communities of destination, origin, and transit.

Michael W. Doyle is a University Professor of Columbia University and former director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative. He is affiliated with the School of International and Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the Law School. His research interests include international migration, international relations theory, international law, international peace-building and the United Nations.

His most recent book is the Question of Intervention (Yale University Press, 2015). From 2006 to 2013, Doyle was an individual member and the chair of the UN Democracy Fund, a fund established in 2005 by the UN General Assembly to promote grass-roots democratization around the world. Doyle previously served as assistant secretary-general and special adviser for policy planning to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In the 1990’s he served as a peacekeeping adviser to High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata and in 2002 prepared a report on migration governance in the UN system for SG Kofi Annan. He has received two career awards from the American Political Science Association for his scholarship and public service and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy for Political and Social Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He has an A.B. and Ph.D from Harvard University and an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Warwick (UK).

The event is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Grant Agreement No 716350)

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Democratic Backsliding and Public Administration @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia
Jan 31 – Feb 1 all-day




Liberal democracy appears to be at risk. Its hallmark institutions—political pluralism, separation of powers and rule of law—are coming under pressure, as authoritarian sentiment is growing around the globe. While this democratic backsliding features prominently in social science scholarship, the Public Administration community lags behind. Only a few contributions have so far addressed the administrative dimension of democratic backsliding. This shortfall impairs our understanding of this recent dynamic transforming the political landscape. For without considering their approach toward the executive, efforts of actual and aspiring authoritarians remain only partly understood.

The workshop therefore addresses the administrative dimension of democratic backsliding. What happens to state bureaucracies when authoritarian politicians enter office? How do they seek to use the administration to their ends, and how does it react? Literature on politicisation, reform and administrative culture may provide clues; however, a systematic analytical framework for state bu-reaucracies in times of democratic backsliding is yet to emerge. What can we learn from current and historical examples, and what does normative public administration theory have to say about the relationship of liberal democracy and bureaucracy in turbulent times?

We invite scholars working on the relationship of democratic backsliding and public administra-tion from theoretical, empirical or normative perspectives to submit an abstract. Special empha-sis is also paid to country-specific case studies. We also encourage practitioners from interna-tional organisations or national administrations to share their experiences with democratic back-sliding with regard to public administration.

Please send your proposals (500 words maximum) to the scientific committee no later than 19th of October 2018 (via michael.bauer@eui.eu and becker@uni-speyer.de). Financial support for travel and accommodation will be available; priority will be given to applicants without assistance from their home institution.

Event website on eui.eu.


Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South Conference @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Mar 20 – Mar 22 all-day

Call for Papers 

Organised by: Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute, Florence, Italy | Prof. Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, Boston, USA | Dr. Jeremie Molho | Dr. Nick Dines

We invite submissions of papers for the Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South conference. This conference focuses on cities that are emerging (or striving to emerge) as regional centres of power in the Global South. We focus on capital cities and major urban centres in Asian, African, and Latin American countries at different stages of the nation building process. We ask what terms like ‘urban’, ‘diversity’, and ‘cultural pluralism’, actually mean in these contexts. We do so by adopting a critical approach that questions official discourse, documents and policy programmes and compares them to how relevant stakeholders understand the ‘city’, the ‘nation’, and ‘the global’.  We want to unpack the power relations within the city and the ways in which the city projects itself beyond the national scale and positions itself both at a wider regional level and within global cultural hierarchies.

Before application, please consult the Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South – Call for Papers for further information. 

The conference will take place on 20-22 March 2019, at the European University Institute, in Florence, Italy.

The conference includes selected speakers that will cover some of these cases but we also invite interested researchers to submit a paper proposal (1000 words) outlining the scope of the paper, its methodology and its (expected) results, along with a short biographical note (500 words) to anna.triandafyllidou@eui.eu and plevitt@wellesley.edu by 25 September 2018. We are interested in papers that explore individual or comparative case studies of cities in the global south and which critically engage with cultural policy and cultural pluralism at the urban scale.

Selected participants will be notified by mid-late October 2018. We have a limited number of travel grants to cover for the participation of scholars from countries outside Europe and North America.



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