Farewell to Europe? The World after Brexit

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
5 p.m.
Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114

The event is free and open to the campus and community.

In 2016, a small majority of the British electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU), sending shockwaves through the European political establishment and starting the long and difficult process of negotiating Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the community of 28 nations whose development Britain had decisively shaped over four decades. Britain is now scheduled to leave the EU in 2019, but the talks on the terms of separation have become deadlocked over the status of Northern Ireland, a historically troubled region where the border between the EU and Britain will run, and, more broadly, trade, immigration and security, with potentially damaging consequences for the future of Europe. 

Why did the British—or, at least, the English—vote to leave the EU even though Britain played a leading role in creating the single European market? How will Britain’s exit affect the balance of power in Europe, especially the relationship between Germany and France? Are Turkey’s hopes of joining the EU crushed with the departure of its leading supporter at a time of growing hostility to Islam in Europe?  Can rising powers, such as Russia and China, use Brexit to increase their economic and political leverage over a divided Europe? Will Brexit weaken the transatlantic bond between Europe and the United States, contributing to the end of the Western-led world order?    

The Global Studies Program at Appalachian invites students, faculty, staff and the community to discuss these questions at a forum on “Farewell to Europe? The World after Brexit." The panelists include Dr. Michael Behrent, Department of History; Dr. Jeanne Dubino, Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies; Dr. Alexandra Hellenbrand, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Dr. Anatoly Isaenko, Department of History; Dr. Aleksander Lust, Department of Government and Justice Studies and Dr. Georgia Rhoades, Department of English.

For more information, please contact Dr. Aleksander Lust, Department of Government and Justice Studies, at lusta@appstate.edu.   


About the Department of Government and Justice Studies
Appalachian State University’s Department of Government and Justice Studies offers undergraduate programs in political science and criminal justice, and graduate programs in political science and public administration. Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the department has over 600 undergraduate majors and more than 70 graduate students. Learn more at https://gjs.appstate.edu.