Sunday, February 19, 2017

Seminar "Foreign Policy and Trade under Trump's Presidency: What's Next for the Transatlantic Relations?"

This coming Thursday the IES at the Free University of Brussels will be hosting a discussion on 'Foreign policy and trade under Trump's Presidency: What's next for transatlantic relations?' I'll be joining a panel to discuss the future and to promote the Dahrendorf Forum's report 'New Challenges, New Voices: Next Generation Viewpoints on Transatlantic Relations' Details below and online (including for registration, here). 

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Fifty Shades of Brexit: Britain’s EU Referendum and its Implications for Europe and Britain

My latest piece on Brexit, published in The International Spectator, the Italian Journal of International Affairs.


Britain’s vote to leave the EU has raised more questions than answers, which is ironic given that David Cameron’s aim for the referendum was to settle the European question in British politics. The outcome, which reflected a range of causes, leaves significant uncertainties overhanging UK politics, UK-EU relations and wider European politics. It is likely that the confused outcome of the referendum and the technicalities of Brexit mean that for both the UK and the EU future relations will resemble fifty shades of grey rather than some black and white division of in or out.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Speaking in Malta on Monday 13 February

I'll be speaking about Brexit to the LSE alumni group in Malta on Monday 13 Feb. Details below.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Speaking in Toronto this week

I'll be speaking on Brexit at two events. 

First, the Human Resources Professionals Association conference. I'll be speaking on 'The Five W’s of Brexit: What, who, where, when and why of Brexit' at 10:30-11:30 on Thursday. 

Second, along with my colleague Dr Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz I'll be speaking to the LSE's Toronto alumni group on 'Notes from Brexit Island: A guide to the way, who, where, when, and how of Brexit'.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Speaking at Roehampton University, Tuesday

I'll be speaking about Brexit at Roehampton University on Tuesday. Details below.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

'Brexit: A Crash Course' videos now online

The three-part crash course I ran at NYU on Brexit (details here) is now available on YouTube for all to watch. 

The course explores the background to the UK's vote by looking at the history of UK-EU relations, explores more recent developments to explain why the vote happened, before examining what the vote tells us about the UK, the EU and Western politics more broadly, and where Britain and the EU might go next. The classes were delivered as part of NYU's Program in International Relations and were open to anybody interested in the topic. While focused largely on political analysis, some economics, international relations and legal issues are explored. The course assumes some knowledge of EU and UK politics, but brief explanation of both is given where necessary.

Class 1: Britain and the EU
Examines the history of the EU's development, Britain's part in it and Europe's place in British politics. The class covers such questions as: Why was the EU founded? Why did the UK join late? Has the UK been ‘an awkward partner’ or ‘a quiet European’? What have the rest of the EU felt about the UK’s role? How has the EU changed and how much of this has the UK shaped? Why has the issue of Europe been so divisive in British politics?

(Recorded - Thursday, 27 October 2016)

Class 2: The Referendum Campaign, Vote and Outcome

Examines why the referendum was called and why the British people voted to leave the EU. The class covers such questions as: Why was the referendum called? What did David Cameron secure in his renegotiation of the UK’s membership? How did the campaign unfold? What key issues emerged during the campaign? Why did the Leave side win? How did Britain vote? What divisions have been observed?

(Recorded - Wednesday, 2 November 2016)

Class 3: The Future
What will Brexit mean for Britain, the EU and others? The class covers such questions as: What happens now in the Brexit negotiations? What does ‘Brexit means Brexit’ actually mean? What does the vote mean for the UK politically, economically and strategically? What will it mean for the EU and ideas of European integration? What might it mean for the USA, the transatlantic relationship and wider international relations? Where does it leave ideas and theories of European integration/disintegration? How important is Brexit for Britain, the EU and the world?

(Recorded - Tuesday, 8 November 2016)

The whole series can be found by clicking here.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Next Generation Views of the Transatlantic Relationship

Pictures below of this afternoon's event with Michelle Egan (American University), Phil Bednarczyk (Democrat Staff to the House Foreign Affairs Committee) and Jeff Lightfoot (Jones Group and Atlantic Council) to discuss the Dahrendorf Report 'New Challenges, New Voices: Next Generation Viewpoints on Transatlantic Relations'

Tuesday, December 06, 2016