In Florence, Italy, James Madison University is hosting a transatlantic student conference on “Addressing Diplomatic, Economic and Migration Challenges in Southeastern Europe.” The conference runs from April 23, 2018 through April 27, 2018. The event, co-financed by the European Commission, is part of a wider outreach effort launched in 2016 by JMU’s M.A. program in political science with a concentration in European Union Policy Studies (EUPS). That effort seeks to engage Southeastern Europe in global partnerships across the Atlantic. So far, the ESE program has seen several EUPS graduate students intern with the government of Kosovo and develop research projects in the fields of democratization, security, and EU enlargement. The conference builds upon the connections formed over the past years and expands the geographic scope of JMU’s engagement to Croatia. In addition to EUPS students and faculty, the conference involves students and academics from the Faculties of Law of the University of Pristina and the University of Zagreb. Participants in the conference are delivering and discussing papers on security threats, external influences, migration patterns, and administrative, economic, and social reforms in Southeastern European countries.