The Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded by the European Commission a $125,000, three-year grant to further its studies of the roles of Europe and the U.S. and their relations in a changing world.
The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence grant is one of only 14 awarded worldwide this year.
Named after one of the founding fathers of European integration, the program aims to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies and to foster dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers.
Alastair Young, the Jean Monnet chair at Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the center’s director, told Global Atlanta that the grant is to support research activities around the three following topics:
Triangular Diplomacy: Strategic Implications of a Resurgent Russia for the European Union and the U.S.; 21st Century Trade Politics: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Protecting Privacy: Transatlantic Perspectives and Challenges.
He also said that the center is to host an international symposium on the European Union “as a peacemaker and peacekeeper” in conjunction with the Peace Laureates World Summit in Atlanta on November 2015 and events surrounding the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
According to Dr. Young, security issues related to the Ukraine crisis, especially as they are viewed in Eastern Europe by the EU, the U.S. and Russia, will be a primary focus of the center.
It also is to study the politics underlying the transatlantic trade and investment negotiations currently taking place, and the various issues surrounding the protection of personal data.
The center is to be located at the Nunn School’s Center for European and Transatlantic Studies and its public talks, academic workshops, an international symposium, and working papers are to draw on the expertise from across Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and the Scheller College of Business.