Situated within the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence engages with Europe’s place in a changing world with an American reference point, but a broader focus. It considers the bilateral relationship (specifically the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations); triangular diplomacy towards Russia; transatlantic competition over global rules (particularly with respect to data privacy); and the EU’s role in peacekeeping.
The Centre is designed to: leverage existing expertise at Georgia Tech; foster new inter-disciplinary collaboration; and engage audiences within and beyond the campus. To that end it draws together an interdisciplinary team of scholars from across the Ivan Allen College, as well as from the Scheller College of Business.
The activities of the Centre include public talks, academic workshops, an international symposium and a working paper series. The main research activities are structured around three work packages focusing on:
- Triangular Diplomacy: Strategic Implications of a Resurgent Russia for the European Union and the United States;
- 21st Century Trade Politics: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership as a Test Case;
- Protecting Privacy: Transatlantic Perspectives and Challenges;
In addition, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in November 2015 the Centre hosted an international symposium on the EU as Peacemaker and Peacekeeper. The Centre also supported the reform of the Certificate in European Affairs.