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European and Eurasian Studies

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European and Eurasian Studies
Cristina Benitez, Academic Program Manager
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Suite 519
Washington, DC 20036
+1 (202) 663-5796
Bologna, Italy:
via Andreatta, 3
40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 291 7811


Learn about international relations by studying the evolution of Europe and Eurasia from a transatlantic perspective. The policy-oriented curriculum of the European and Eurasian Studies program emphasizes issues shaping the region's future, including economic governance, integration and disintegration, migration, and questions of nationalism, and populism.

Become an Expert

Understand the roles played in global affairs by the European Union, its member states, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Personalize your curriculum to focus on locations and issues most important to your career goals. Undertake an internship with the support of an active network of accomplished alumni and employers.

Featured Courses

Learn the essentials of governance - including economic governance - across Europe and Eurasia, and develop the expertise to apply the regional framework for critical analysis to other geographic areas.


European Security

The course is addressed to students with an interest in European affairs, international relations and security studies.

Students will gain a complete overview of current empirical developments and academic debates on the theme of security on the European continent: Multilateral security and defense organizations (especially, NATO and the EU), national defense policies, and contemporary security challenges. The course seeks to encourage students to think critically about Europe and what it means both geographically and in terms of actors (organizations and states). It addresses security threats and their construction, from human security to “hard” security issues, including military interventions and terrorism.

SA. 710.725

State, Society, and Violence in Russia and Eastern Europe

The course will present the key academic research on various aspects of political violence in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Students will examine the similarities and differences between types and forms of violence and analyze the theoretical and methodological approaches to studying political violence in the region. The course will conclude with a focus on the impact of violence on the societies and the people of the region and the ways to prevent and manage violent conflicts in the post-communist world.


European Union: Integration and Disintegration

This course examines the political economy of European integration and disintegration.

The goal is to provide students with an in-depth understand on how Europe came together and why it might be falling apart. The approach is both historical and theoretical. Students will walk away having familiarity with the broad narrative of the integration process, a general understanding of the roles played by key individuals and participating countries, and a clear sense of the challenges Europe faces today. Students will also be exposed to the main theoretical approaches used by economists and political scientists to explain the dynamics underlying the integration process, where those theoretical traditions have come up short, and how we might improve our basic understanding. Finally, students will acquire sufficient background and familiarity to understand and assess current debates about the future of the European project and the relationship between the progress of European integration and the future of the European nation state.


The EU and Its Institutions

This course provides an introduction to the economic and political integration of the European Community and the European Union and its institutions.

Originally designed as a simple economic arrangement, the evolution and expansion of the European Union represents an unprecedented attempt at supranational integration that has resulted in a body of institutions that exert profound influence in global economic and political affairs. The material covered in the class will consist of a blend of the historical context, key ideas, events, and unintended consequences that illuminate and inform various competing theoretical paradigms that try to explain Europe’s dramatic transformation.

Learn From the Best

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Erik Jones

Director of European and Eurasian Studies, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Lisel Hintz

Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies

Alice Pannier

Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies

Matthias Matthijs

Associate Professor of International Political Economy

In the News

A tale of two pandemics.

Michael Leigh wrote in Bruegel, 6/23

Geopolitics, sport, soft power: Soccer and the Arab Gulf.

David Ellwood wrote for USC Center on Public Diplomacy’s CPD Blog, 6/23

EU economic stimulus.

Erik Jones interviewed on Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs, 6/17

Divide, beat, and rule: Trump, Erdogan, and mass protest.

Lisel Hintz cited in Middle East Online, 6/11

Is the European Central Bank independent enough?

Erik Jones wrote in The Rift, 6/11

The EU plan for the economic recovery.

Gianfranco Pasquino interviewed on Forbes DACH, 6/10

Can Europeans afford to be optimistic?

Erik Jones wrote in Encompass, 6/4

Advance Your Career

Gain the intellectual framework and analytic skills necessary to enter a variety of roles across the public, private, multilateral, and nonprofit sectors.

Recent Internships

  • The Central Banks of Luxembourg, Slovenia, and South Africa
  • The Conference Board
  • The German Marshall Fund in Berlin, Brussels, and Paris
  • The Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid
  • Russian International Affairs Council
  • Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels

Recent Employers

  • The Bank of England
  • European Commission
  • Morgan Stanley
  • The International Crisis Group
  • IHS Markit
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • The European Investment Bank

Build Your Network

Join a diverse, accomplished, influential community of scholars, practitioners, alumni, and students working across sectors in 140 countries around the world.

Johns Hopkins SAIS students at a lecture

EES students met with national politicians and international observers to learn more about the conflict in Ukraine during a study trip.

Johns Hopkins SAIS students outside US Capitol

The school's strategic locations provide students with a network of opportunities.

Maximizing the SAIS Europe Experience

"With a strong background in Italian, I was eager to employ my speaking skills in everyday life to better understand European politics from a closer point of view. "

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An Enriching Education in the Heart of Europe

"My studies have offered me an analytical framework for learning about Europe’s history, political economy and relationship with the rest of the world."

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Beyond the Classroom

Explore the international affairs of Europe and Eurasia through study treks, internships, and exciting research opportunities.

David P. Calleo Distinguished Seminar Series

Students interact with distinguished scholars and practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic in small group discussions of on-going research or current events. Participants not only learn about the world, but also gain access to wide-ranging professional networks and employment opportunities.

Russia/Eurasia Forum

The Russia/Eurasia Forum meets regularly with experts from around Washington DC to discuss topics ranging from Religion in Contemporary Russian Politics to the Global Revolution in Natural Gas.

Russia and Eurasia Club

Bringing together classmates school-wide interested in Russia and Eurasia, this extracurricular club offers networking opportunities with alumni and professionals active in the region's markets, culture, and policy.

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The Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR)

Contribute to BIPR - the research division of SAIS Europe. Its purpose is to promote problem-centered, interdisciplinary research in international policy by drawing upon the global network of the school's faculty, students and scholars.