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Discussion regarding “Brexit: Political, Economic and National Security Implications” set for Sept. 15

September 6, 2016

On June 23, British voters choose to leave the European Union. The campaign leading up to the referendum was divisive and turnout was high. How this momentous exit from the EU will unfold is as yet unclear, and the consequences are even more uncertain.

It's not too early to try to understand why so many voted to leave the EU and to ponder how the Brexit vote reflect splits within the United Kingdom across regions and generations and between urban and rural voters. A public panel discussion is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the events area of the Cunningham Memorial Library on the campus of Indiana State University. Parking is available after 5 p.m.

There have been Euroskeptics in British politics for decades. Why has their influence become dominant now? Indiana State will convene a panel of experts on European studies who will examine this issue along with several other matters connected to Brexit. Questions include:

• Will the United Kingdom itself survive the Brexit? Whither Scotland?
• What does Brexit imply for relations between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland?
• How will this new Schengen border be managed?
• Can United Kingdom negotiate a "soft" exit?
• Is the Norwegian model a viable alternative for the United Kingdom?
• What will be the economic effects?
• What are the implications for London's financial centers?
• Will the UK departure weaken the EU or solidify support for the European project?
• What are the implications for NATO?
• What does Brexit imply for the strained relationship between Russia and the EU?

What is clear at this early stage of developments is that the consequences will be of great importance politically and economically, not only for the United Kingdom and the European Union, but also across the globe. There are good reasons that the great powers in geopolitics outside of Europe, including China, Russia and the United States, have followed these developments carefully. Debate over U.S. foreign policy during a presidential election make discussion of Brexit especially relevant this fall.

Panelists will include Isaac Land from the department of history at Indiana State, Terrence Casey from the department of humanities and social sciences at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Timothy Hellwig from the department of political science and the Institute for European Studies at Indiana University. Richard Lotspeich, from the department of economics and the international studies program at Indiana State will moderate the panel.

Each member of the panel will speak for about 20 minutes on the origins and repercussions of Brexit from the perspective of their individual expertise. A question-answer session with the audience will follow the presentations.

The event is co-sponsored by the international studies program in the department of multidisciplinary studies, the Center for Global Engagement, the College of Arts and Sciences, the department of history and Cunningham Memorial Library.


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