European & Eurasian Studies M.A. Program

New Challenges in a Dynamic Region
Peter Rollberg

Peter Rollberg,
Program Director

In the vast geopolitical realm that stretches from the British Isles to Siberia and from the Nordic regions to the Mediterranean, powerful forces are pushing for political, social and economic change. The European Union (EU) faces the continuing imperative of balancing supranationalism and national sovereignty, while simultaneously deepening its integrative activities and widening its membership.

EU member states and their neighbors confront a host of domestic challenges ranging from economic reform and social diversity to terrorism and separatism. Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States stand at different points along the path of transition from communism to new political institutions. At the same time, a web of political, economic, security and societal connections increasingly links the various parts of Europe and Eurasia with one another, as well as with the United States, the Islamic World, China and other parts of the global community. In view of these dynamic interactions, it is essential to study Europe and Eurasia together.

The European and Eurasian Studies (EES) master of arts program at the Elliott School of International Affairs provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding these important regions. The EES curriculum combines several required courses with a wide variety of additional courses and optional fields that can be selected to suit an individual student's professional goals and intellectual interests. This multifaceted program encompasses academic approaches to European and Eurasian affairs and develops practical analytical skills that are essential in the professional world of international affairs.