JUST HELD: The USG European Studies Certificate Sixth Annual Student Conference, “The European Union in a Time of Crisis”

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“The European Union in a Time of Crisis:”

The USG European Studies Certificate Sixth Annual Student Conference, Georgia College, April 1, 2022

Made possible by the financial support of CETS at The Georgia Institute of Technology

Conference Topic

“The End of Europe As We Know It? Russia, the EU, and the War in Ukraine”

In recent years, and continuing to the present, the EU has confronted one crisis after another: the Euro and sovereign debt, immigration, Brexit, the threat of authoritarianism in Hungary and Poland, the growing influence of China, the Polish border crisis, and the successive waves of the Covid pandemic.

And now Europe is at war.


On April 1, 2022, 15 students from Georgia College and Valdosta State University presented their research on the European Union on topics such as the EU and the Balkan nations, a Post-Brexit assessment of the EU, Finland and Ukranian Refugees, LGBTQ Rights and the EU, the U.S. Federalist Papers and the EU—and more.


First Place

Emily Wyche, Georgia College

“A Rawlsian Perspective on the EU’s Alleged Democratic Deficit”

Second Place (Tie)

Connor Hilly, Georgia College

“The Greek Debt Crisis: The Crossroads of EU Political and Economic Sovereignty”


Cassandra Doscher, Valdosta State University

“Explaining the Rise of Right-Wing Parties in Europe: A Comparative Analysis”

Third Place


Gracie Norton, Georgia College 

“Kosovo’s Long Journey to Democracy”

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