The Europe Center (formerly called the Forum on Contemporary Europe) was founded in 1997 to expand interaction with scholars from Europe within the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. The Center initiates and promotes research and teaching at Stanford relating to Europe and encourages faculty and students to study the role of Europe in broader economic, political and social relationships.
The Center emphasizes research programs conducted in cooperation with individuals and institutions in Europe. It frames European activities within the Institute's priority research themes -- international political economy, international security, and the global environment -- thereby allowing for more effective use of resources.
Questions of history and memory, as they relate to European self-images and institutions, also are of special interest to Center activities.
The activities of the Center focus on the development of a small number of collaborative research activities; the effective use of designated funds to promote teaching and graduate research on European topics at Stanford; and the promotion of one or more public events which serve to draw attention to current European issues.