Upcoming Events

14 Nov 2019 - 15:30       PhD Defence
The public defence of the PhD in Political Science by Stephan Klose will take place on Thursday, 14 November 2019 at 15h30 on the Brussels Humanities, Sciences and Engineering Campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels. Room I.0.03.
14 Nov 2019 - 17:00       Other
Responding effectively to the large-scale movement of peoples has become one of the greatest challenges of our time. The changing patterns and visibility of the numbers   of people seeking refuge as well as better lives and opportunities across borders have all profoundly impacted the global political environment. The Scaling Fences report focuses specifically on contemporary irregular African migrants arriving to Europe. In efforts to bring the voices of this contemporary group of travelers to the forefront of policy making, UNDP Africa has interviewed thousands of Africans who have travelled through irregular means to Europe. The event will present findings and recommendations of the Scaling Fences research project and open a space for debate on irregular migration among academic experts and participants.
19 Nov 2019 - 11:00
One of the most visible and fundamental features that the European and East Asian security landscapes have in common is the role that the United States plays as the ultimate security guarantor. The United States has the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Europe and a series of bilateral security treaties in East Asia, with the US-Japan alliance being the most prominent. The need to maintain and enhance the credibility of extended deterrence by the United States looks obvious for US allies, but it is equally important for the United States since the US-led international order—from which Washington benefits a great deal—is based on the maintenance of the European and Northeast Asian alliance structures that undergird it.  The return of great power competition in Europe and East Asia raises questions about the future of (extended) deterrence in both regions. Notably, dwindling US resources and the return of great power competition across more than one front compel Washington to think more strategically about how to prioritize between Europe and Northeast Asia. Against that backdrop, how can allies in Europe and East Asia strengthen deterrence in their respective regions? What are the similarities, differences and possible connections between US alliances in Europe and Northeast Asia? Is the credibility of U.S. military protection for European allies connected with that for Asian allies? What are the perceptions of credibility of US extended deterrence that abound in Europe and Northeast Asia? 
2 Dec 2019 - 12:45       Other
Immigration is envisaged as part of an ‘emergent cultural cleavage’ across Western Europe. This public seminar focuses on the politicization of immigration in Portugal between 1995 and 2014. Politicization is interpreted as being formed by two distinct dimensions: salience and polarization of the political claims found within news articles extracted from newspapers. Notwithstanding the doubling of the foreign population settled in the country in the early 2000s, the diminished salience and the absence of significant political conflict suggest that immigration failed to become politicized in Portugal. Drawing on a comparative analysis with seven other European states (including new countries of immigration like Ireland and Spain) between 1995 and 2009, Portugal observed the lowest rate of politicization. Rather than being related with socio-economic factors, the lack of politicization of immigration was associated with the strategies of the mainstream parties, which successfully prevented the emergence of this topic as a significant political cleavage.
27 May 2020 - 08:00
The ‘European Union in International Affairs’ (#EUIA20) conference invites paper abstracts and panel proposals. It will be the seventh edition of the EUIA conference, focusing on the theme ‘Assessing the EU’s Capacity to Act’.