December 2016
On 1 December 2016, the Horizon 2020 project “COP21: Results, Implications, Pathways and Policies for Low-Emissions European Societies (COP21-RIPPLES)” officially started. Running for three years and coordinated by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris, the project will provide interdisciplinary analysis of the conditions of EU climate policy in the new strategic context of the Paris climate change agreement concluded in 2015. The IES is one of the main partners of the project. The efforts of our Institute are led by Prof. Sebastian Oberthür.

Irene Wieczorek successfully defends PhD thesis

We are proud and happy to announce that one additional Doctor of Law has just been added to our IES family: On Tuesday 15 November 2016, Irene Wieczorek successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled ‘The Legitimacy of EU Criminal Law: What Role for Normative and Instrumental Justifications?’. Irene’s PhD promotors were Prof. Dr. P. De Hert and Prof. Dr. Weyembergh while members of her exam commission were Prof. Dr. F. Trauner (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Prof. Dr. M. Dony (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Prof. Dr. E. Herlin-Karnell (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Prof. Dr. J. Spencer (University of Cambridge). 

UNU-CRIS 2.0 appoints Anthony Antoine and announces launch event

The United Nations University institute of Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) was founded 15 years ago (i.e. in parallel with the IES) through an agreement between the Flemish Government and the United Nations University. In an effort to embed UNU-CRIS better in the Flemish academic world, the Flemish Government launched a call to all Flemish universities to host UNU-CRIS in the next 5 years (renewable term). The consortium VUB/UGent, spearheaded by the IES, won this bid, and is now incorporating UNU-CRIS (and its personnel) into its respective university structures.
Pending the appointment of a new academic Director, UNU Rector David Malone appointed IES Executive Director Anthony Antoine as part-time Director to see to the good transition of UNU-CRIS into the new consortium and restart the Institute.
UNU-CRIS 2.0 will officially be launched on Thursday 9 February 2017 at 15:30 with an academic opening and dinner reception at the City Hall of Bruges, with interventions of UNU Rector David Malone, UGent Rector Anne De Paepe and VUB Rector Caroline Pauwels. You can register here for this event. 

IES researchers in the field

On 17 November, IES researchers Matilda Axelson and Tomas Wyns visited the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Ghent and met with CTO Carl de Maré. Main topic of the meeting was an exchange of thoughts on innovation processes and challenges for the steel industry in Europe and the link with greenhouse gas emission reductions. Deep emission reductions in the steel sector, while maintaining or even enhancing competitiveness will require the smart mix of process, product and business model innovations (taking into account evolving supply and value chains). 

Call for papers - The practice turn in the new diplomacy  

In the framework of the IES coordinated EL-CSID project Richard Higgott and Caterina Carta are convening a panel on 'Challenges in global policy making: The practice turn in the new diplomacy' (T05P06). This panel is held in the context of the 3rd International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) organised by the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) in conjunction with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS). It will take place from 28 to 30 June 2017 in Singapore. The call for papers is now open!
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Call for papers - Diplomacy and Development  

The EL-CSID Workshop on "Diplomacy and Development" will seek to investigate the role of cultural and scientific diplomacy with respect to global responses to pandemics, development and governance. It will be organised by Nazarbayev University, in collaboration with the University of Warwick and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and will be held on 27-28 April 2017 in Malta.
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Professor Alexander Mattelaer appointed as Director European Affairs at Egmont

After serving for nearly five years as Assistant Director and Acting Academic Director, IES professor Alexander Mattelaer took on a new challenge. As of 1 December 2016 he was appointed as the director of the European Affairs programme at Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations. In this new capacity he will set up a research programme on the upcoming Brexit negotiations and the question what lies beyond for the European integration process. 
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IES sets goals for 2020

With the approval of its Strategic Plan 2016-2020, the IES has concluded an extensive and in-depth process that has led to the definition of its strategic goals for 2020, with a view to becoming the leading, internationally recognised hub for European studies in Brussels. In a time in which Europe faces its biggest challenges since the creation of the EU, IES research, teaching and services are becoming more relevant. More than before, the Institute will open its wealth of knowledge to a broader public by organizing meetings and conferences, and by publishing policy briefs and discussion papers – all of which remain firmly grounded on thorough research. The IES theme for the coming years can thus be defined as 'externality'.
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Professor Ilke Adam editor of new book on integration policies

IES professor Ilke Adam has co-edited, along with ULB professors Muriel Sacco and Corinne Torrekens (Université Libre de Bruxelles), a new book (in French) on the transfer of immigrant integration policies between countries. It provides an in-depth report on how the European Union, but also transnational networks and globalisation contribute to the diffusion of ‘immigrant integration recipes’ across borders and tiers of government.
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Wrapping up the INOTLES project

Between 31 October and 6 November, Silviu Piros travelled to Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia as part of the INOTLES (Innovating Teaching and Learning of European Studies) CES monitoring mission. Accompanied by IES Executive Director, Anthony Antoine in Chisinau and Bart De Schutter in Kiev, their main task was to assess the functioning and sustainability of three newly established Centres for European Studies, as well as to evaluate the applicability of innovative teaching and learning methods as part of their curricula. This was one of the final activities of the INOTLES Tempus project, having the IES and Maastricht University as leaders of the work package.
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Upcoming events

The EU Enlargement and Gay Politics in Central and Eastern Europe
Evening Policy Forum (18:00 - 20:00)

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual) rights have acquired symbolic value in EU politics and discourse, both in its internal and foreign policies. Yet such symbolic politics stand in sharp contrast with the limited actual EU powers and legislation in the field. The aim of the book, which will be presented and discussed at this Policy Forum on 14 December, is to answer the question of what the impact of EU enlargement has been on gay politics in Central and Eastern Europe.
Beyond Rebels and Gorillas: The Multi-Scalar Politics of Conservation and Conflict in the Virunga National Park, DR Congo 
Public PhD defence 

The public defence of the PhD in Political Science by Esther Marijnen will take place on 16 December 2016 at 3.00 pm at the Institute for European Studies, Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels, room Rome/Lisbon. The title of Esther's PhD thesis is "Beyond Rebels and Gorillas: The Multi-Scalar Politics of Conservation and Conflict in the Virunga National Park, DR Congo". Her promoter is Prof. Dr. Patrick Stouthuysen. The doctoral committee consists as well of Prof. Dr. Koen Vlassenroot (UGent) and Prof. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer.
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Source: Screenshot of Florian Trauner on Slovak TV Správy RTVS 

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