In Secular Power Europe and Islam: Identity and Foreign Policy (2021), Sarah Wolff argues that secularism is not the central principle of international relations but should be considered as one belief system that influences international politics. Through an exploration of Europe’s secular identity, an identity that is seen erroneously as normative, Wolff shows how Islam confronts the European Union’s existential anxieties about its security and its secular identity.In this conversation, Wolff and Berkley Center Senior Fellow Jocelyne Cesari will unpack secularism as a bedrock principle of international relations and diplomacy. They will explore how Islam disrupts Eurocentric assumptions about democracy and human rights, as well as discuss how European secular identities should be reconsidered in areas of religion and foreign policy. Judd Birdsall, senior research fellow at the Berkley Center and project director of the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy, will moderate the event.
The potential consequences of Brexit on UK parliamentary democracy, and Europe are discussed by Prof Pauline Schnapper (Sorbonne Nouvelle), Prof Tim Bale (QMUL), Prof Prof Helen Drake (Loughborough) and Dr Sarah Wolff (QMUL).
Dr Saskia Hollander debates the strategic use of referendums in Europe based on her book ‘The Politics of Referendum Use in European Democracies’.
Dr Sarah Wolff talks about the MSc International Public Policy programme taught at the School of Politics and International Relations.
Dr Sarah Wolff, Director of the Centre for European Research and Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations talks about the 2015 migration crisis and its implications for our understanding of the EU.
The Debating Europe Podcast Series provided by the Centre for European Research (CER) complements the Centre's monthly research seminar series and invites the guest speakers of the seminars to share some of their thoughts on the most pressing issues currently debated across Europe. In the first episode of the series, Dr Stella Ladi (CER / Queen Mary University of London) and Professor Kevin Featherstone (European Institute / London School of Economics and Political Science) discuss a range of issues from democratic accountability to economic policy implementation in the framework of post-crisis EU-Greece relations.
In the first episode of our 'Inspiring Ideas for Europe' video series, Marie Le Conte, a freelance journalist and renowned political commentator shares her thoughts on what she argues to be an often unnoticed shortcoming of the current European integration project, and provides some ideas as to how it may be tackled.
The 2018 inaugural event of our Centre, titled ‘Reforming the EU: Why and How the Union Needs to Hand Power to its Citizens’ took place on 8 October and hosted Professor Ulrike Guérot, a Berlin-based political activist, founder of the think tank Democracy Lab, and Professor of European Politics at the Danube University in Austria, as well as Marie Le Conte, a freelance journalist and renowned political commentator. The event was chaired by CER Director, Dr Sarah Wolff and was followed by a Q&A session involving the audience.