11012755_10102949209492384_484312353124746961_nThe George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs invites you to the lecture “Between Byzantium and Brussels: The Politics of Orthodox Churches in the European Union.” The event will take place on Thursday, April 9 between 12:30 and 2:00 pm in the Voesar Conference Room of the Elliott School of International Affairs building located at 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052.

The event will feature Dr. Lucian Leuștean, Senior Lecturer at Aston University in the United Kingdom and will be moderated by Eliot Sorel, Professor of Global Health and Psychiatry at GWU and Founder of the World Youth Democracy Forum.

This talk examines the political mobilization of Orthodox Churches in the European Union. After the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, the Orthodox churches of Greece, Romania, and Cyprus have opened representational offices in Brussels. Other Orthodox churches from non-EU member states, such as the Russian Patriarchate and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, have engaged with European institutions, and opened representational offices, while the Serbian Orthodox Church maintains a staff member as part of the Conference of European Churches. We will address religious dialogue in the European Community from the 1950 Schuman Declaration until today; the political typology of Orthodox representations in Brussels and Strasbourg; and policy priorities on issues of ‘religion,’ ‘faith,’ and Orthodoxy in the European Union.

Dr. Lucian Leuștean is a Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington DC, and Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom. The founding editor of the Routledge Book Series on Religion, Society and Government in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet States, he was also the principal investigator on a 2010-2011 ESRC Research Grant entitled ‘The Politics of Religious Lobbies in the European Union.’ His publications include The Ecumenical Movement and the Making of the European Community (Oxford University Press, 2014), Eastern Christianity and Politics in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2014, editor), Orthodox Christianity and Nationalism in Nineteenth Century Southeastern Europe (Fordham University Press, 2014, editor), Representing Religion in the European Union: Does God Matter? (Routledge, 2012, editor) and Orthodoxy and the Cold War. Religion and Political Power in Romania, 1947-65 (Palgrave, 2008), and he has been awarded the George Blazyca Prize in East European Studies from the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies.

Please RSVP at http://go.gwu.edu/leustean

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and the largest school of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. In the January/February 2012 issue of Foreign Policy, the Elliott School of International Affairs’ undergraduate and master’s programs were ranked among the top ten international affairs programs in the United States by the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) survey.