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The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP): Prospects and Challenges for EU-US Economic Cooperation: A Conference of the Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence

Event Type
European and Eurasian Studies Program, the European Student Association, the Department of Politics & International Relations, The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, the University of Miami European Union Center & Jean Monnet Chair, and the European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Florida International University , Modesto A. Maidique Campus - 11200 SW 8th Street Miami, FL 33199, MARC International Pavilion
Feb 16, 2017 - Feb 17, 2017   All Day
Christine I. Caly-Sanchez
Originating Calendar
European Union Center Events


While the debate surrounding the planned EU-US trade agreement TTIP is increasingly contentious in Europe, in the US there exists little information or discussion outside of a small policy circle.  Since the negotiation of TTIP has taken longer than expected, and a conclusion is in doubt, a review of its prospects, challenges and impacts is needed.  We aim to understand the ways in which different socio-political attitudes toward trade, globalization, and enviornmental standards come into play in these negotiations.  How to Americans and Europeans view free trade? How do political actors on both sides of the Atlantic imagine their roles in the negotiations? How does TTIP imprint in a global context?

EUC affiliated faculty Dr. David Bullock, former EUC visiting scholar Dr. Canan Balkir, and EUC Associate Director Dr. Maxime Larivé will all present at this conference. 

For more information about the conference, please visit its event page.





Thursday, February 16th, 2017

5:00-5:10 PM Welcome Opening Remarks
Dr. John F. Stack, Jr.
Inaugural Dean, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs
5:10-6:30 PM Keynote Address:
Damien Levie
Head of Trade and Agriculture Section
Delegation of the European Union to the United States
"2017: Opportunities and Challenges for the Transatlantic Economic Relationship"
6:30 - 8:30 PM  Reception (by invitation only)




Friday February 17th, 2017

8:30-9:00 AM Coffee, light Breakfast and registration
9:00-9:05 AM Opening Remarks:
  • Dr. Markus Thiel
  • Associate Professor, Politics & International Relations
    Director, Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence and European & Eurasian Studies, FIU
9:05-10:45 AM

Panel I: Transatlantic Views on Trade and Politics


  • Melani Goergmaier
    PhD student
    University of Miami
    "The Transatlantic Trade and investment Partnership (TTIP): Consequences for the EU and the United States"

  • Dr. Maxime Larivé
    Associate Driector and Director of Graduate Studies
    European Union Center
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    "Trade, TTIP and Transatlantic Perceptions"

  • Michael Wartenbe
    PhD student in International Relations
    Florida International University
    "TTIP, Depoliticized Trade & Institutions of Corporate Interest"

  • Panel Discussion chaired by Prof. Mihaela Pintea, Associate Professor Economic Department (FIU)
10:45-11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM-12:45 PM

Panel II: TTIP: Obstacles and Opportunities


  • Dr. Alasdair Young
    Professor of International Affairs
    Director of Undergraduate Studies
    Co-Director, Center for European and Transatlantic Studies
    Chair, European Union Studies Association
    Georgia Tech
    "From Great Expectations to Damp Squib: The Politics of TTIP"

  • Dr. Maria Lorca Susino
    Professor in Economics and International Studies
    University of Miami
    "TTIP and Energy: Energy Security vs. Energy Diplomacy"

  • Dr. David Bullock
    Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
    University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
    "Agricultural Obstacles to a TTIP Agreement"

  • Panel Discussion chaired by Dr. Markus Thiel, Associate Professor, Politics & International Relations; Director, Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence and European & Eurasian Studies, (FIU)
1:00-1:45 PM Lunch (by Invitation Only)
2:00-3:00 PM Panel III: Consular Roundtable on Transatlantic Economic Relations


  • Hon. Clément Leclerc
    Consul General of France in Miami

  • Hon. Nathalie Olijslager Jaarsma
    Counsul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami

  • HM David Prodger
    British Consul General in Miami

  • Panel Discusssion Charied by Dr. Markus Thiel, Associate Profesor, Politics & International Relations; Director, Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence and the European & Eurasian Studies (FIU)
3:00-4:45 PM

Panel IV: TTIP in a Global Context


  • Dr. Canan Balkir
    Professor of Economics, Jean Monnet Professor on European Economic Integration
    Former Chairperson of EU studies and Coordinator of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
    Dokus Eylul University, Izmir Turkey
    "The Impact of TIP on the EU-Turkey Customs Union"

  • Dr. Joaquín Roy
    Professor and Jean Monnet Chair
    Director, European Union Center of Excellence
    University of Miami
    "The TTIP: Uncertainty, delay, failure, and impact on Latin American integration"

  • Deniss Kaskurss
    PhD Student in Political Science
    Flrida International University
    "TTIP: Economic recession, international devaluation and Latvia's international investment and trade patterns (with Russia)"

  • Panel Discussion chaired by Dr. Francisco Acosta Soto, EU Fellow at University of Miami-European External Action Servie Americas Department


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