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Letter from the Director of CWES and Chair of European Studies Program

October 5, 2018

We would like to welcome you to an exciting academic year 2018/9 for European Affairs. As we restructure the Center and combine forces with REECAS (the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies), we have several events that you should mark on your calendars. For students, we will organize another round of the ‘Model EU’ in March 2019 here at UW, and whoever is not sure how such a complex animal as the European Union makes decisions: Please join CWES and the EU-funded Jean Monnet Center for this exciting simulation.

On the political landscape in Europe, Brexit as well as the elections to the European Parliament in May 2019 loom as milestones for the future of the EU. We will keep you informed and hope that you can join us in some public events that we hope to organize on these topics.

The European Studies Program welcomes its new majors. We are in the process of revising the major to make it more compatible with other JSIS majors, so please stop by Joni Mart’s office in the Jackson School’s Office of Academic Services if you have questions or e-mail us.

Last, but not least: As we enter the new academic year, I am hoping that many of you will come by our new quarters on the second floor of the Jackson School (THO 203 A) and say hi to CWES Managing Director Phil Lyon. Phil has traveled most parts of Europe, knows the continent through his Ph.D. work, and is looking forward to working with you on European affairs.

As transatlantic relations are strained and Europe itself is facing major challenges, I’d like you to keep one thing in mind: Despite all setbacks, Europe, and the EU, are amazing experiments in peaceful conflict resolution as well as economic and political cooperation. We at CWES and the European Studies Program believe that learning about Europe is fun, fascinating, and good for all our futures.

Please be in touch if you have questions about the European Studies program or our Center activities.

All best and have a successful year!

Sabine LangSabine Lang

Director Center for West European Studies
Chair European Studies Program

Center for West European Studies

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle WA, 98195-3650

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