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“Zeitenwende:” Sea change in European Security
March 29 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The rhetoric and reality of tectonic shifts in Europe and transatlantic relations since the Russian attack on Ukraine will be analyzed from various angles. Defense relations have been altered within Europe as well as Nato. Energy security moved front and center, altering and accelerating moves towards alternative and renewable energy sources. Despite these enormous pressures, the German traffic light coalition had difficulties adjusting its budget accordingly, while the French nuclear industry struggled to meet expectations. Beyond breathing new life into Nato (which was declared “brain dead” by President Macron and put into question by President Trump not long ago), Russia tries to influence the political discourse in the West, supporting anti-establishment groups and spreading disinformation. This major land war in Europe has changed the equation for European security cooperation and Nato as much as it has upended German and EU “Ostpolitik.” The US is asking for a stronger European pillar in Nato but is weary of any strategic autonomy. How can this and other transatlantic conundrums be resolved? What could Europe’s contributions be to a stable peace in the East?
Reception and refreshments to follow!
Holger Moroff (moderator) is a DAAD visiting assistant professor 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.
Christiane Lemke is Professor of Political Science and Director of International Relations and European Studies at the Institute of Political Science at Leibniz University Hannover. Professor Lemke has been very involved in Center for European Studies teaching, research, and conferences for many years. She has been teaching in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Transatlantic Masters (TAM) program for over a decade and has been a recurring DAAD Visiting Scholar to UNC since 1988. In addition to her current position, Christiane Lemke, from 2010-14, held the Max Weber Chair at New York University. Professor Lemke received her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Free University in Berlin and went on to earn her Habilitation Venia legendi in Political Science from the same institution.
Konrad H. Jarausch is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Jarausch 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.
Peter Eltsov is an anthropologist and historian. He has lived and conducted research throughout Eurasia, including politically volatile regions of Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the Northern Caucasus. Prior to NDU, he held positions as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Free University of Berlin, a John W. Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, a research associate at Harvard University, and a lecturer at Wellesley College. He has published in anthropology, philology, and international affairs both in academic and mainstream venues and provided numerous commentaries for the media.
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.