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Speaker: Dr. Michael J. Baun

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
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Dr. Michael J. Baun

The European Union (EU) is currently experiencing the worst crisis in its history. The eurozone debt problem poses a severe existential threat not only to European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the European common currency (the euro) but to the EU itself. The EU has experienced crises in the past and used them to advance the European project, leading to further economic and political integration. Will this be the case this time as well? What are the chances that the Eurozone and EMU will survive the current debt crisis, and what does the crisis mean for the future shape and direction of the EU? These are among the key questions addressed in this talk, as well as the implications of the eurozone and EU crises for the United States and transatlantic relations.

Michael Baun received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1988, and is currently Professor and Marguerite Langdale Pizer Chair in International Relations at Valdosta State University, where he teaches international and comparative politics in the Department of Political Science. He is the author of "A Wider Europe: The Process and Politics of European Union Enlargement" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000) and "An Imperfect Union: The Maastricht Treaty and the New Politics of European Integration" (Westview Press, 1996). His other publications include book chapters and articles on European and German politics in Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Integration, Publius, German Politics and Society, and German Studies Review. He is also co-editor of Governing Europe’s Neighborhood (Manchester University Press, 2007) and EU Cohesion Policy After Enlargement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
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