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EU Center of Excellence Washington, D.C.

Who We Are

The American Consortium on EU Studies (ACES) was created in 2001 to improve academic and public understanding of the European Union and U.S.-EU relations.  It seeks to strengthen education and research opportunities and create new synergies among scholars, students, policymakers, the private sector, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations and the media.

ACES is a unique partnership among five universities in the Washington, D.C. area (for specific contact info, click here):

Johns Hopkins University, Secretariat
American University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution, the Catholic University of America, Howard University, and the University of Maryland are affiliated partners.  ACES has been recognized by the European Commission as the EU Center of Excellence Washington, D.C.   The Center is part of a broader network of university-based EU Centers across the United States, North America and the world.

What We Do


  • Research Projects and Academic Conferences:  ACES provides a wide range of research projects and programming.
  • Scholars Forum:  A network of researchers from consortium universities, think tanks, and other academic institutions in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Research Seed Grants:  Small grants awarded to ACES faculty and other qualified researchers to encourage analysis and policy dialogue on the EU, its member states and transatlantic relations.
  • Scholar in Residence Program: Residence varies from one month to one year.


  • ACES Certificate in EU Studies: Awarded to students at consortium universitites who complete a core concentration in EU-related courses.
  • Pre-Dissertation Research Grants: Each year five grants are awarded to students whose dissertation prospectus has an EU focus.
  • Young Scholars Network: This network brings together graduate students of European affairs from the five consortium universities and abroad, and each spring hosts an annual conference.

Student and Scholar Opportunities


  • ACES Cases: A series of cases for use in the classroom on current and enduring issues in transatlantic relations.
  • ACES Working Papers: Academic and policy-oriented working paper series with an emphasis on the European Union, its member states, U.S.-EU relations and other current EU related issues in such fields as security, international relations, business, law, political science, economics, science, and technology.
  • Monograph and Book Series: A series of publications devoted to the European Union and transatlantic issues.


  • EU Features: EU-specific interviews and discussions on George Washington University's radio station WRRC.
  • EU Update: Televised discussion program on EU-related topics on George Mason University's GMU-TV.
  • Media Commentary: ACES experts contribute regularly to press opinion pieces and appear often as commentators for U.S. adn European media.
  • This Week in Washington:  Calendar of EU-related activities in the nation's capital.

Policy Outreach

  • Lectures and Seminars: ACES provides a series of public events that engage U.S. and European officials on current policy issues.
  • Strategy Groups:  ACES engages U.S. Administration officials, Congressional leaders and other opinion-shapers in policy-oriented strategy groups.
  • PACER: CTR heads the international component of the newly formed and JHU-led National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER).
  • Congressional Caucus on the European Union: CTR coordinates the 35 member Congressional Caucus on the European Union who congregate to discuss U.S.-EU relations.
  • Congressional Staff Roundtables: ACES convenes a regular series of Congressional Staff Roundtables to help deepen understanding of the EU.
  • Practitioner/Diplomat-in-Residence Program: Residence varies from one month to one year.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Elections: What Needs to Change
Dr. Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina

2:30 -4:00 pm
Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW