Reaction and Proactivity: Insights from the 2019 European Conference

Reaction and Proactivity: Insights from the 2019 European Conference

“Usually a hub of activity as the host of prominent speakers and engaging panels, the Harvard Kennedy School certainly fit into that mold on the rainy weekend of March 9 and 10 as the host of the 2019 European Conference, billed as ‘the largest student-run event in North America.’ With conversations on topics from the future of NATO to continuing migration challenges to the General Data Protection Regulations, the Conference spanned a wide range of topics affecting Americans and Europeans alike, and former French president François Hollande capped the event off with a speech calling for a new Europe.”

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The Future of Europe

The Future of Europe

“With the Brexit deadline and European parliamentary elections looming, policymakers across the continent, and across the world, are asking an increasingly urgent question: what is the future of Europe? Unfortunately, predictions for the next few months offer little hope for those optimistic of a Europe supportive of its current, supranational political institutions. The EU-US relationship will continue to worsen in the medium run thanks to a Trump-led backlash to the current status quo, while the European Union will lose much of its relevance as a unified actor on the world stage in the long run.”

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Reframing Swedish and Finnish NATO Accession as a Question of Sovereignty

Reframing Swedish and Finnish NATO Accession as a Question of Sovereignty

“For Sweden and Finland, the question of NATO accession is one that will persist for at least as long as tensions between Russia and the West endure as a part of what some are calling the “Cold War 2.0.” Regardless, Sweden and Finland should not make decisions on the future of their military alliances and other cooperative security measures based solely on fears of Russian reprisal. To do so would be to deny their own sovereignty and reward Russia’s disregard for the external and internal sovereignty of other countries.”

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Regional Nationalism: Rethinking Sovereignty and Space in the European Union

Regional Nationalism: Rethinking Sovereignty and Space in the European Union

“In an era of "softened sovereignty", countries in the European Union no longer have the absolute monopoly of political authority and coercion inside their own borders. European member states currently face a triple challenge to their authority. The first challenge comes from regional and local authorities at the sub-state level. The second challenge is posed by the European Union itself as a supranational organization with legislative and judicial powers. Finally, large corporations, international capital markets, and other-non state actors currently have a crucial role in influencing EU regulation and national-level decision-making.”

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Reexamining Welsh Independence

Reexamining Welsh Independence

“To make sense of Catalonia’s adopted freedom fighter status, it might help to consider a broader context. Catalonia’s attempt at secession is not unique. Numerous regions across Europe have clamored for independence, and it is worth considering these cases in light of the recent events in Catalonia. Wales, one of such regions, offers a counterexample to Catalonia.”

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The Future of the EU Security in a Time of Transatlantic Uncertainty

The Future of the EU Security in a Time of Transatlantic Uncertainty

“The integration of EU member defense institutions will improve security across Europe, but can only be accomplished through doctrinalization and subsidization from within. With effective consensus between European partners, a robust subsidy regime will likely follow. But it must move quickly. Europe’s ability to depend on its transatlantic partner has not faced this much uncertainty since 1939. The only certainty: Russia is watching and biding its time. To secure itself against this eastern threat, Europe must push forward its defense development with or without NATO.”

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