Thursday, September 07, 2017

Book review: The EU in Crisis

A review for the LSE's Brexit Vote blog of The European Union in Crisis, the latest contribution to deal with the multi-dimensional nature of the EU’s crisis. it offers a solid starting point to understanding a Union which over the past few years has been tested as it has never been before.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Is Brexit Lost At Sea?

This is the first in what will be regular pieces for the Clingendael Spectator, the new online magazine of the Clingendael Institute.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Video review of Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

A video review of my 2014 book review of Command and Control by Eric Schlosser (published by Allen Lane in 2013). The written review - here - first appeared in International Affairs, the journal of Chatham House. The book tells the history of accidents and near-misses involving the US nuclear arsenal and is one of the most brilliantly written but profoundly disturbing books I have ever read. Events surrounding North Korea made me think this was a good time to create a short video review.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Guilty Men: Brexit Edition by Cato the Younger

My latest book review is of Guilty Men: Brexit Edition by Cato the Younger. You can read it on the LSE's Brexit Vote Blog or in the document below.

You can also watch a short video review on my YouTube channel.

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Brexit summer reading guide

Have you been struggling to keep up with all the new books on Brexit? Were you secretly planning to spend your summer holiday catching up on some of them? Ok, so you probably weren’t. But if you were, then here to help c/o the LSE's Brexit blog is my guide on what to take away with you to the beach or poolside to keep your mind focused on an issue that will be keeping us all busy for several more summers to come.

As a bonus I even offer some thoughts on which Brexit books might make excellent Christmas stocking fillers...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The EU Falling Apart? Theoretical Discussions of Brexit, Grexit and Other Exit Scenarios

I have a chapter in the recently published in ‘Solidarity in the European Union: A Fundamental Value in Crisis’ edited by Andreas Grimmel and Susanne My Giang.

Abstract: The contribution by Tim Oliver studies the theoretical discussions of Brexit, Grexit and other exit scenarios. Oliver starts from the fact that the UK’s vote to leave the European Union has presented the integration project with an unprecedented challenge. What this could mean for the EU has been the subject of increased levels of analysis and speculation, albeit nowhere near as comprehensive as that into what the vote might mean for the UK. One concern is that Brexit signals or could begin the unravelling of the EU, eventually leading to its complete collapse and disintegration. To examine whether or not Brexit will lead to European disintegration, this chapter explores some of the analysis into what Brexit could mean for the EU and then explores some of the theoretical debates about European disintegration.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Presentation to the 24th International Conference of Europeanists, Glasgow.

A few days spent in Glasgow at the 24th International Conference of Europeanists. Below is the script for my presentation on 'Europe's Britain', which is a project I'll be continuing to work on while at the EUI in Florence.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

May's Brexit election that wasn't

My take for the Clingendael Institute on what happened in the 2017 UK election and what it means for Brexit.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Assessing the Value of Regionally Aligned Forces in Army Security Cooperation

While a TAPIR Fellow at RAND in 2014 I contributed to research that was recently published in a report assessing the value of Regionally Aligned Forces. The report is focused on US Army efforts in this area, but there are some brief sections exploring similar efforts by the British and French armies. 

Dissecting the Elexit

It's one year since the EU referendum, so I had to say something... 

Britain’s recent General Election and its unanticipated outcome marks the latest chapter in the political turbulence that has characterised the last twelve months since the EU referendum. However LSE Ideas Associate and former Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow Tim Oliver argues that the election was not in fact about Brexit, although it does now leave the timing of Brexit in flux.

Full article here:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017