The Brief, July 2016


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July 11, 2016


The Aftermath of Brexit 

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, a move many experts said has created global economic, political, and security challenges.

Assistant Professor of International Political Economy Matthias Matthijs wrote in The Washington Post the Brexit vote has “left U.K. politics in its deepest crisis since World War II.” Read more

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow John Lipsky told Fox Business that the U.K. leaving the EU would damage the British and European economies, and “could have some negative impacts on growth and profitability of corporations even here in the U.S.” Watch more

European Studies Adjunct Professor Christopher Chivvis wrote in U.S. News and World Report that Brexit is “a severe blow to the EU’s long-standing interest in building a common foreign and defense policy and could pose questions for NATO.” Read more

Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence John McLaughlin told Politico if other EU countries follow the British example, “the 60-year-old European integration experiment—designed to dampen historic conflicts—will be in jeopardy.” Read more

While Britain develops an exit strategy to leave the EU, some experts see this as an opportunity to revitalize the country and union.

Senior Associate Professor of Middle East Studies Camille Pecastaing wrote in Foreign Affairs Brexit is “an opportunity of finally fulfilling the European dream of political union,” and chance to refocus on political and cultural aspects of the alliance, instead of only the economic dimension. Read more

Director of European and Eurasian Studies Erik Jones wrote in The Washington Post the U.K. has historically endured painful cycles of crisis, incremental reform, and deeper integration, but “leaders will need to start offering bolder and more comprehensive policy solutions.” Read more

To read more from the school’s expert faculty weighing in on Brexit, and other current events, visit the latest edition of In the News

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