Johns Hopkins SAIS experts available to discuss Brexit and future European integration


As the United Kingdom prepares for the referendum on membership in the European Union, Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Matthias Matthijs, Assistant Professor of International Political Economy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), are available to offer insight on the consequences of the vote for the U.K., the Eurozone and the future of European integration.

Both scholars are available to discuss: 

  • Does the referendum set a destabilizing precedent for Europe?
  • How will Britain relate to the rest of Europe post-referendum?
  • What will the political impact be of a close referendum vote on other European countries including France, the Netherlands, and growingly Eurosceptic Central European countries?
  • Will the trend toward a "two-speed Europe" be consolidated by the referendum?
  • How has the referendum campaign already altered the balance of power within and between Britain’s major political parties?
  • What will either outcome mean for Europe’s immigration crisis?
  • What are the consequences for the transatlantic relationship and TTIP?

Jones recently wrote "Brexit’s Lessons for European Democracy" in Survival, arguing that the referendum campaign has already offered important lessons about direct democracy, European integration and political communication. He warns "there are limits to how much of the tension created by referendum politics the institutions of Europe can tolerate."

Matthijs asks "Should It Stay or Should It Go? The Brexistential Crisis," in Foreign Affairs. He asserts that "Brexit would deal a huge blow to the European Union…[and] cause significant damage to the United Kingdom’s own economic and security interests."

Other Related Work

Erik Jones

Matthias Matthijs


Media Contacts 
Kathryn Knowles
Director of Public Affairs
Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe
Bologna, Italy
+39 329/4021020 mobile

Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Washington, DC, USA
+1 (202) 663-5620 office
+1 (202) 853-7983 mobile

About Johns Hopkins SAIS

A division of The Johns Hopkins University, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For seven decades, students have distinguished themselves by pursuing academic excellence in international relations. The school was established in Washington, D.C. in 1943, and opened its campus in Bologna, Italy in 1955. It initiated one of the first Western university programs in the People’s Republic of China when it launched a campus in Nanjing in 1986.

The school’s mission is to provide an interdisciplinary professional education that prepares a diverse graduate student body for internationally-related positions of responsibility; to foster research, scholarship and cross-cultural exchange; and to contribute knowledge, expertise and leadership to the global community.

The SAIS Europe campus is home to two research centers: the Bologna Institute for Policy Research, and the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development. Approximately half of the incoming class at Johns Hopkins SAIS chooses to begin the two-year Master of Arts degree at the campus in Bologna, Italy. Cooperative degree programs with European universities and a 13-month Master of Arts in Global Risk provide additional opportunities to study at SAIS Europe. The Bologna campus is also certified by the European Union (EU) as a private entity, non-profit and research institute, as well as "Higher or Secondary Education Establishment," making it eligible for partnership in collaborative research projects funded by the EU.

For more information, visit or @SAISHopkins


Tuesday, May 31, 2016