ERC Securing Europe, Fighting its enemies, 1815-1914


3 December 2015
14:30 - 17:30
Theater Dilligentia, Lange Voorhout 5, Den Haag

WRR Lecture ‘Europe in Crisis’, with Mark Mazower, Beatrice de Graaf and Ernst Hirsch Ballin available online

On December 3, 2015 Mark Mazower (Professor of History, Columbia University) presented a lecture at the WRR in The Hague, In this lecture, he explored the current European crisis from a historical perspective with a view to the future. Prof. Beatrice de Graaf (Utrecht University, History of International Relations) presented a comment to Mazowers work from the Dutch perspective:  “Europe’s Bulwark. The Kingdom of the Netherlands and world politics, 1815/2015”, Ernst Hirsch Ballin provided the public with a closing statement. The lecture is now available in full online:


About the speakers

Prof. dr. M. (Mark) Mazower
Mark MazowerMark Mazower is the Director/Chair of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, New York. He is a historian, specialising in modern Greece, 20th century Europe and international history. He studied philosophy at Oxford and international affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s Bologna Center, and has a doctorate in modern history from Oxford. His most recent book is Governing the World: the History of an Idea. He publishes regularly on history and current affairs in leading media such as the Financial Times, the Guardian and theLondon Review of Books.

Prof. dr. B.A. (Beatrice) de Graaf
Beatrice de Graaf holds the Chair of History of International Relations & Global Governance at Utrecht University, within the strategic theme Institutions. She studied modern history and German language and culture at Utrecht and Bonn. Her fields of Interest are history of national security in the West (19th-21st century), counterterrorism and political violence, securitization and international relations. She is chair of the Dutch National Research Agenda.

Prof. dr. E.M.H. (Ernst) Hirsch Ballin
Ernst Hirsch Ballin is a member of the Netherlands Scientific Ernst Hirsch BallinCouncil for Government Policy, and holds Chairs at Tilburg University (Dutch and European Constitutional Law) and the University of Amsterdam (Human Rights). He has been Minister of Justice, Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, and Minister for Netherlands Antilles and Aruban Affairs. He was also member of the parliament (House of Representatives and the Senate) and the Council of State.