Skip to main content

31st Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium


At the invitation of the Institute for Global Leadership, Dr. Maria Yordanova – the Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy’s Law program – participated in the 31st Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium on “Europe in Turmoil” which was held at Tufts University from February 18-21, 2016.

Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC), is an integrated, multidisciplinary program that was first introduced at Tufts in 1985. Through a range of innovative and intensive curricula and projects, EPIIC educates young people from all over the world on how to play an active role in their communities, whether at the local, national or global level.

The 2016 EPPIC International Symposium provided a platform for four days of debates and far-reaching discussions on issues critical to understanding the future of Europe, especially in light of the crises the continent is currently undergoing. Some of the issues that participants touched upon included Europe’s identity, its relationship with Russia, the future of NATO and the transatlantic partnership, the challenges presented by the migration crisis, political and economic integration and the ways in which they are influenced by religion and ethnicity, terrorism, collective memory as well as the very philosophical and humanistic principles underpinning the European project.

This year’s symposium hosted more than sixty practitioners, academics, policymakers and journalists. Among them were John Bowen, Professor of Anthropology at the Washington University St. Louis; Mario De Caro, Professor of Moral Philosophy at Roma Tre University; Jocelyne Cesari, Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion, Peace and Conflict Resolution at Georgetown’s Department of Government; William H. Hill, Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington, DC, and an expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union; Karl Kaiser, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School and Senior Associate of the Program on Transatlantic Relations of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Uwe Kitzinger, the first British economist of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg in 1951-1956 and in 1973-1975 and former cabinet adviser to Sir Christopher Soames, the first British vice president of the European Commission; Joachim Koops, Reseach Professor for European Foreign and Security Policy at the Institute for European Studies in Brussels; Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International Relations and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Oxford; Mitchell A. Orenstein, Professor of Central and East European politics at the University of Pennsylvania; Srdja Popovic who was one of the key organizers of Otpor!, the Serbian nonviolent resistance movement that brought down the Milosevic regime and a cofounder of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS); General David Julian Richards, Baron of Herstmonceux and a retired senior British Army officer who was formerly the UK’s Chief of the Defence Staff; Viviene Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University and Founding Director of BU’s Center for the Study of Europe and Ambassador Friedrich Tanner, Senior Advisor/Liaison to the Swiss Chairmanship in the OSCE Office of the Secretary General.

The symposium was dedicated to the memory of Professor Stanley Hoffman and was in part supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. It was also held in collaboration with the Council for European Studies at Columbia University, the Center for the Study of Europe at Boston University and the Student European Conference of the Fletcher School and Harvard’s Kennedy and Business Schools.

Dr. Maria Yordanova took part in the panel titled “Europe in the Global Order” where she delivered an Op-Ed on The Role of the EU in international cyberpolicy as part of the future global order. She also made a presentation on The Role of the EU in safeguarding fundamental rights and joined the discussion in a breakout session on “Europe and Human Rights” led by Erin Kelly, an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.

This website uses cookies for functional and analytical purposes. By continuing to browse it, you consent to our use of cookies and the CSD Privacy Policy. To learn more about cookies, incl. how to disable them. View our Cookie Policy.