Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

The European Institute at Columbia University is joining forces with the European Legal Studies Center at Columbia Law School to launch a new Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Columbia University.

This initiative receives funding from the European Union for the years 2018 to 2021. The Centre of Excellence, "European Union Studies at Columbia", conducts a range of activities including two research projects, a new full-semester course on EU diplomacy, and a series of events. It enables faculty from different disciplines (history and economics, law, international affairs, and political science) to work together in addressing issues of particular relevance for the EU.

In addition, the European Institute is launching a Jean Monnet Module, "Politics in the European Union", which receives funding from the EU for the years 2019 to 2022.

The activities of the Centre of Excellence (2018-2021) and of the Module (2019-2022) comprise:

  • Events on campus with leading policy makers and scholars to discuss current developments within the EU.
  • Research activities, including a research project on the international impact of the EU’s rules and regulation and a second project on the rise of populism in Central Europe and the challenges it poses for the EU.
  • The creation of a new full-semester, graduate-level course on "Diplomacy in Practice: the EU and the World".
  • The creation of a new full semester, graduate-level course on "Politics in the European Union".
This project receives support from the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union

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Over the past decade, a number of European populist parties have become increasingly competitive in key votes, and in Eastern Europe, these parties have not only come to power but also remained in office in consecutive elections. "Rise and Resilience of Populism in Eastern Europe" will feature a series of interviews that interrogate some of the main drivers and impacts of populist mobilization in Eastern Europe.

This new podcast series is hosted by Dr. Tsveta Petrova and the European Institute at Columbia.

For more information, visit the program page for the Rise and Resilience of Populism in Eastern Europe series:


The European Institute is pleased to announce a new collaborative series of debates dedicated to the future of Europe, featuring leading scholars from Columbia and prominent creative writers, intellectuals, and journalists from Europe.

This series of twelve on-line programs will be broadcast on a monthly basis from October 2020 to March 2021. Each program will be devoted to one of six centrally important questions facing Europe today:

  • How Can Europe Achieve Social Justice?
  • Are Europe and America Drifting Apart?
  • Can the EU Lead the Fight Against Climate Change?
  • Is Europe Democratic?
  • Is There a European Identity?
  • Can Europe Be Sovereign?

For more information, visit the program page for the Debating the Future of Europe series:


"Democracy promotion in times of autocratization: the case of Poland, 1989–2019"

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