Friday, September 30, 2016

Speaking on Brexit at GWU next Thursday

Goodbye Britannia?
Brexit and Britain’s Approach to International Relations
Dr. Tim Oliver, London School of Economics (LSE)/NYU

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union came as a shock to many in Europe and internationally and raised concerns that Britain is not only heading towards isolating itself from the rest of Europe but is also taking a more populist, inward-looking and mercantilist view towards international relations. Supporters of Brexit counter by arguing that in joining the EU, the UK ‘shackled itself to a corpse’ and that leaving will allow Britain and the EU to develop a more constructive relationship, while also allowing the UK to return to a foreign policy that is more globally orientated, as opposed to European-focused. As Brexit unfolds, the realities for Britain’s approaches to European security, conflict, and development are slowly becoming apparent. In this presentation, Dr. Tim Oliver, a noted writer on Brexit and British foreign policy, will discuss why Brexit happened, where relations between the UK and the EU might now be headed, what Brexit could mean for European security, and whether concerns about Britain’s isolation and decline are justified.

Dr. Tim Oliver is a Dahrendorf Fellow at the London School of Economics’ IDEAS – the LSE’s foreign policy think tank – and a visiting scholar at NYU. He holds degrees from the LSE and the University of Liverpool. His research interests focus on transatlantic relations, European politics, British-European relations, British government and politics, and the UK’s foreign, security, and defence policies. He spent several years as a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and has also taught at the LSE and UCL. He has worked in the House of Lords, the European Parliament, the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Berlin), the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, and the RAND Corporation (both in Washington D.C.). His work can be found at

Thursday, October 6, 2016
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Voesar Conference Room
1957 E St. NW, Suite 412

Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies • IERES
The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW • Suite 412 • Washington, DC 20052
Tel (202) 994-6340 • Fax (202) 994-5436 • •