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Europe Week Panel: New Directions in EU Energy Policy

March 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

How is EU energy policy shifting in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine? How is the bloc adapting to and mitigating climate change? Join CES for a panel with scholars Stephen Gross, Christiane Lemke, Konrad Jarausch, Holder Moroff, Mark Vail, and EPLO Head Walter Goetz for a panel discussion on EU energy policy.

CLE Credit | Reception to Follow

In cooperation with the UNC Institute for the Environment and the European Parliament Liaison Office (EPLO) in DC.

Keynote Address


Stephen Gross

Stephen G. Gross is jointly appointed in the Department of History and the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU. After working for several years as an economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington DC, he completed his PhD at UC Berkeley where he subsequently lectured with the International and Area Studies Program. In his research and teaching Dr. Gross is interested in 20th century Germany, European unification, European and international political economy, energy policy, and international relations. His first book, Export Empire, was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2015. He has also published on a variety of economic themes in German and European history in Central European History, Contemporary European History, German Politics and Society, and Eastern European Politics and Society, as well as in various book chapters.



Walter Goetz

Walter Goetz was appointed as the Head of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC on September 1, 2023. Before that, Goetz was the Head of Cabinet of Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean since December 2019. Before joining the European Commission, he was a civil servant in the Secretary General of the European Parliament in Brussels. From April to November 2019, he was Head of the Secretariat of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), and from April 2012 to March 2019 he was the Head of the Secretariat of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN). From October 2009 to July 2011 he was the Head of the Secretariat of the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis (CRIS). Walter Goetz joined the European Parliament`s administration as an Administrator in the ITRE Secretariat in 2006 and later served in the Transatlantic Relations Unit of the European Parliament. From April 2003 to December 2005 he worked as an Administrator in the European Commission, where he was in charge of financial services in the Securities Market and Investment Services Provides Unit of DG MARKT. His career began in the German Federal Ministry of Finance in Bonn and Berlin in the years 1998 to 2003, where he held various positions as a desk officer in customs, fiscal policy and legal departments. He studied Law and Administrative Science in Konstanz and Speyer, Germany, and holds a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Konstanz, Germany.


Headshot of Konrad Jarausch.

Konrad Jarausch

Konrad H. Jarausch is Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at UNC-Chapel Hill and has written or edited about forty books in modern German and European history. Starting with Hitler’s seizure of power and the First World War, his research interests have moved to the social history of German students and professions German unification in 1989/90, with historiography under the Communist GDR, the nature of the East German dictatorship, as well as the debate about historians and the Third Reich. More recently, he has been concerned with the problem of interpreting twentieth-century German history in general, the learning processes after 1945, the issue of cultural democratization, and the relationship between Honecker and Breshnew.

Headshot of Christiane Lemke.

Christiane Lemke

Christiane Lemke is a visiting Professor of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and Emerita Professor of Political Science and International Relations and former Director of the Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence at Leibniz University Hannover/Germany. She received her PhD and her second PhD (Habilitation) at the Free University Berlin. Lemke held several visiting professor positions at universities in the U.S., including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (DAAD-Professor 1988-1991), Harvard University (1991-92; 2001), and NYU where she was the Max Weber Chair in German and European Politics (2010-2014). She was also the first woman to be director of state parliament in Lower Saxony.

Her research focuses on German politics, European affairs, and transatlantic relations. She has published widely on regime transition, migration, populism, climate change policy and women in leadership. She is also a media expert on American politics. In 2023, Christiane Lemke received the Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize for outstanding contributions to the cultural relationship between the German speaking world and the United States.


Holger Moroff

Holger Moroff is Visiting Adjunct Professor of Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, and an Adjunct Professor in Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, and has taught international and comparative politics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena since 2002. Before that he was a senior research fellow at the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin. He studied political science and economics at Washington University in St. Louis and the universities of Bochum and Bonn. His research focuses on security theories and European integration as well as on comparative political corruption and the internationalization of anti-corruption regimes. He is the editor of the book “European soft security policies” (2002), co-editor of “Anti-corruption for Eastern Europe” (forthcoming 2009) and has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes.

Headshot of Mark Vail

Mark Vail

Mark I. Vail is Worrell Chair of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. His research focuses on the comparative political economy of advanced industrial countries, with a particular emphasis on social and economic policy, industrial relations, political institutions, and the role of political ideas and ideologies in Western Europe. Until 2020, he was Professor of Political Science and a Fellow at the Murphy Institute of Political Economy at Tulane University. He has served on the editorial boards of several prominent journals, is currently editor of the series “Understanding Europe” published by Agenda Publishing, and, since 2019, serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of European Studies. He has held visiting appointments at Stanford University, Harvard University, the Max Planck/Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies in Paris, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. He has published two books: Liberalism in Illiberal States: Ideas and Economic Adjustment in Contemporary Europe (Oxford University Press, 2018), and Recasting Welfare Capitalism: Economic Adjustment in Contemporary France and Germany (Temple University Press, 2010). He has also published chapters in numerous volumes of edited scholarship and articles in many prominent journals, including the European Journal of Political Research, Governance, Comparative Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and West European Politics.

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This event is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


March 19
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