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IACES Annual Conference 2015

27th November 2015


The Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES) is delighted to announce that its 2015 annual conference will take place in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin on Friday 27 November 2015. The conference will address the theme The State of the European Union: Implications for Ireland and will include contributions from leading national and international scholars, commentators and practitioners.

As the global economic crisis eases, the European Union (EU) continues to face a range of internal and external challenges. The economic and financial stability of the Eurozone area remains insecure and the recovery is in its early states. The continuing uncertainty around the possibility of a Brexit is unsettling for the UK and the EU, and threatens elements of the European integration process. Events on Europe’s borders including the crisis in Ukraine, the deterioration of relations with Russia and instability in the European neighbourhood pose profound challenges for Europe’s place on the international stage. The terrorist attacks on Paris on 13 November illustrated again the enormous challenges facing EU external relations policy whilst underlining the divisions within the Union on how to handle the refugee crisis. All of these developments involve political, economic and security implications for Ireland.

This conference will explore the various issues and crises that have shaped the evolution of the European Union this year, and will assess the consequences for Ireland. Prominent figures will discuss the nature of recent events and possible scenarios for Ireland and the EU. Speakers include Professor Brigid Laffan (European University Institute), Professor Gavin Barrett (University College Dublin), Richard Corbett MEP, Denis McShane (former UK Minister for Europe), Dr Mary C. Murphy (University College Cork), Professor John O’Brennan (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Dr Tim Oliver (London School of Economics), Amanda Paul (European Policy Centre, Brussels), Professor David Phinnemore (Queen’s University Belfast) and others.

The event is free to attend and all are welcome. Keep checking here for further updates and information.

Download the IACES-Conference-Programme-2015

IACES is grateful for support received from Erasmus+ and the Communicating Europe Initiative.


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