Academic publications in the field of international relations are largely dominated by American journals. Against this background, the purpose of ERIS, the new European Review of International Relations, is to document the diversity of scientific research in IR across Europe and to make a genuinely “European voice” heard within the discipline. Co-hosted by CERI at Sciences Po and the Canterbury Christ Church University and published three times a year by Barbara Budrich, ERIS intends to reflect the European specificities and approaches and to be an outlet in English for non-English language authors.
ERIS will indeed consider for evaluation manuscripts submitted in their original language (including Turkish and Russian). A substantial section of the journal will review in English books and works published in other European languages.
You are cordially invited to attend the ERIS launch event, on Monday, May 26th, 6:00 PM at CERI, which will address the topic: “Is there a European way of studying IR?”
All European scholars interested in submitting an article are encouraged to consult the notes to contributors.
Editors: A.J.R. Groom (Canterbury Christ Church University) and Christian Lequesne (CERI Sciences Po)
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France will host and chair next year's Paris Climat 2015 Conference. Laurence Tubiana, Director of the Sustainable Development Center, Scientific Advisor and Associate Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po, and Member of the steering committee for “Paris Climat 2015: Make it Work,” has been nominated as the Special Representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Laurent Fabius for this conference.
Sciences Po graduate Kimberly Panicek Trueblood is currently the Director of White House Operations. Since graduating from the MPA programme in 2009, Kimberly has focused on the intersection of public policy and government operations. During President Obama's first term, she had both programmatic and management roles at the US Treasury Department where she served as the Director of Business Operations and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance. After the President’s re-election in 2012, she joined the White House as the Director of White House Operations. She manages a team of 12 staffers responsible for the White House budget, technology, and campus operations.
The Master of Public Affairs at Sciences Po is a two-year professional degree preparing young professionals for careers of global significance.
Sneha Ashtikar is an Indian student at the Sciences Po Law School, currently on a gap year to gain practical work experience as an Intern at Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris.
In an interview for the website superlawyer.in, she explains why she chose Sciences Po and how it is different from Master degrees in countries such as the US and UK. She gives law students precious advice about application procedures and other requirements for studying at Sciences Po. Sneha also shares her love for France and for the French language, and gives a glimpse into her amazing life and experiences in Paris. Read the interview of Sneha.
The Sciences Po Law School aims at educating law professionals of a very high caliber, capable of adjusting and evolving in a professional world that is constantly changing. The Sciences Po Law School gives students the opportunity to not only join the Bar, but also to contribute to the business world, economic regulation agencies or the Judiciary. In 2014, the Sciences Po Law School entered the QS World University Rankings by Subject, an outstanding achievement only five years after its creation.
Reforming Europe edited by Christophe Blot, Olivier Rozenberg, Francesco Saraceno et Imola Streho
Debates and Policies, n°134 may 2014
Europe is experiencing a threefold crisis with economic, institutional as well as political dimensions. The crisis is first economic as European countries have endured the most severe recession since World WarTwo. This recession exposed the weaknesses of European governance, i.e. of the macroeconomic policies but also of the EU institutions. A crisis of trust results from those events. Indeed, the difficulties to overcome the crisis have caused a drop in European citizens’ support towards the EU.
In this context, the on-going public debate is monopolized by the two extreme positions of self-satisfaction and Euroscepticism. The former has its roots in the fact that the reforms implemented during the crisis have enabled the euro and the EU to survive. At the opposite, the depth of the crisis has fed Eurosceptic views arguing in favour of restoring national currencies as well as the primacy of domestic norms.
The contributions of this volume tend to reject both visions. Our ambition is indeed to feed the public debate by exploring different possibilities of reform for the EU. Given the multidimensional nature of the on-going crisis, a multidisciplinary approach is followed throughout this special issue in order to grasp the political, legal and economic aspects of the debate.
According to Thomas Piketty in his best seller Capital in the Twenty-First Century, returns on capital will exceed the rate of economic growth in many countries, bringing us closer and closer to a level of inequality mirroring that of the early 20th century.
In a working paper published the 17th of April, 2014, four researchers from the LIEPP of Sciences Po challenged this thesis. Arguing that Thomas Piketty’s conclusions are “not plausible,” they stress that the “capital” measurement used by Piketty includes housing capital, a value that must be corrected in order to reflect its real contribution to inequalities. Upon adjustment, LIEPP researchers reach a conclusion opposite to that of Thomas Piketty. They write “over the past decades, the ratio of capital income, (...) has remained stable in France, Great Britain, the United States and Canada…”
As Thomas Piketty’s work has been largely praised by the American public, the LIEPP researchers’ conclusions have sparked great interest in the American press.
From January to April 2014, graduate students from Sciences Po and Columbia University participated in an innovative joint-teaching programme co-developed and co-taught as part of the Alliance Programme.
The course "Migration and Citizenship in the US and Europe: Transnational Challenges then and Now", was taught simultaneously via video-conference at Sciences Po, by Professor Riva Kastoryano, a Sciences Po Political Sociologist, and at Columbia University, by Professor Mae Ngai, a Columbia Historian. Video-conference allowed students and faculty to interact with each other. Both professors also spent two weeks at their partner institution co-teaching two classes. It provided for one-to-one interaction with the students and professors themselves.
This innovative programme relied on a strong multidisciplinary approach, combining history and political sociology, comparative perspectives (Europe and the USA), and a truly multicultural and interactive experience bringing together students from different fields. The video-conference was interactive and allowed for a lively debate spanning across the Atlantic.
Students were enthusiastic about this class which gave them the opportunity to learn from one another by sharing and debating the diverse readings. They particularly appreciated the collaborative format which provided different and productive methods for working together.
This multidisciplinary, multicultural and interactive programme perfectly demonstrates Sciences Po’s active pedagogical approach. This successful joint-teaching is also representative of the productive collaborations Sciences Po has developed with partner universities as part of dual degrees, exchange programmes, and more specific courses such as the controversy mapping course.
Climate change: Who will lead? Former US President Jimmy Carter and human rights defender from Pakistan Hina Jilani engaged in a debate on climate leadership before an audience of Sciences Po students. The discussion took place on 22 April at Sciences Po.
The Elders, founded in 2007 by Nelson Mandela, is a group of independent global leaders working together for peace, justice and human rights.
During the conference, Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po, launched “Paris Climat 2015 : Make It Work,” an initiative which aims at building on Sciences Po's capacity to mobilise students and research communities around the world in order to contribute in a successful negotiation and a strong climate agreement in Paris in December 2015.
Watch the conference in replay.
Watch the short video of the conference.
See the live-tweet #ScPoElders on Storify.