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ECO 371 (SA)

Topics in Country and Regional Economics - Economics of Russia and Eurasia

Victoria Konstantinova Vernon

The rise and fall of centrally planned economies was one of the most important events of the 20th century. At its greatest extent the former Soviet Union encompassed a geographical area that covered one-sixth of the Earth's landmass. It spanned 11 time zones and contained over 100 distinct nationalities. In this course we will examine the origins of Communism, different forms of central planning as implemented in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the challenges of transition from plan to market, and current economic policies in the region.

ECO 372/EPS 342

Economics of the European Union and Economies in Europe

Silvia Weyerbrock

This course studies the economies of current and prospective EU members and economic integration in Europe after 1945. It explores the political motivation for, and the economic implications of, the European Union’s moves towards deeper integration and enlargement. Topics include policy-making in the EU, adoption of common policies including European Monetary Union and the Euro and their implications for fiscal and labor market policies, problems raised by an EU enlargement for the EU and for the joining countries. The course also studies economic issues facing various member and applicant countries. National priorities and concerns have a strong impact on EU policy making. The course uses economic analysis to study policy issues. The relevant economic theory will be covered, together with recent applied work.

EPS 300 / POL 384 (SA)

European Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century

Marzenna James
Ezra N. Suleiman

The course aims to cover the critical developments of twentieth-century Europe and the consolidation of democracy in European countries. It will deal with the legacy of the two world wars, Nazism, Stalinism, the Cold War, the legacy of colonialism and decolonization, the birth and development of the European Community, the development of the welfare state, the problems confronting the European Union (immigration, enlargement, political institutions, military role), and the varieties of democratic institutions in Europe.

EPS 382

Constitutional Issues of European Law

Ingolf E.A. Pernice

What kind of polity is the European Union? Is it a form of economic and political integration, an actor at the global scene, an interlocutor of the United States? What is its relationship to its Member States? How is it organized? What do democracy, citizenship, and fundamental rights mean for the EU? The seminar is designed to help better understand this organization--its political roots and objectives, its legal foundations and development, and its existence as a new kind of a federal system "beyond statehood". We will study the case law of the European Court of Justice and other writings about the constitutional process of the EU.


US-EU Economic Relations and National Security: A Comprehensive US Policy toward the European Union

James Gadsden

The US and the EU are at once formidable commercial partners and strong competitors. Both value democracy, rule of law, and respect for human rights, but their approaches to these issues often differ, especially with respect to the rule of international law and multilateralism versus unilateralism. When the U.S. and the EU do act together, however, they are tremendous forces for meeting challenges in the global security arena. The new US Administration has a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the US-EU strategic partnership. The Task Force’s objective is to formulate for the new Administration comprehensive and coherent recommendations for US strategy and related policies toward the European Union that advance major US national security objectives.

WWS 469 / POL 469

European Union

Andrew Moravcsik

The European Union is an extraordinary political experiment. It has grown to a supranational polity composed of 27 member states governed by an ever-growing set of political institutions, and sharing common economic and social policies, a common foreign and security policy, and (for some member states at least) an agreement abolishing border controls and a common currency. The course explores the political history of European integration in the post-war era, examines the EU's core institutions, reviews the substance of major EU policies, and analyzes the key challenges facing the EU in the coming years.

Andrew Moravcsik talks about his undergraduate EU seminar.

WWS 556E

Topics in International Relations - Russia and the EU

George L. Bustin

This course examines the recent evolution of the institutional and strategic relationship between the EU and the Russian Federation and its future prospects. It analyzes the features of EU foreign/security policy machinery and the current state of EU/ Russian relations, and assesses the official strategy papers produced by both Brussels and Moscow in order to articulate their respective goals for the relationship.