Great Decisions | Brexit: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead


June 16


06:00 pm - 07:00 pm

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Great Decisions

The “Brexit transition period” came to an end in 2020 and paved the way for the United Kingdom’s formal exit from the European Union at the start of 2021. Now, after the formal exit, what does the future of Europe and the UK look like? Will the UK survive a possible Scottish vote to leave? And who will step up and take command of Europe now, as Angela Merkel steps down and is out of the spotlight?

Thomas Wright is the director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He is also a contributing writer for The Atlantic and a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He is the author of All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and the Future of American Power which was published by Yale University Press in May 2017. His second book, Aftershocks: Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old International Order, will be published by St Martin’s Press in 2021. Wright also works on U.S. foreign policy, great power competition, the European Union, Brexit, and economic interdependence.

Wright has a doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a bachelor’s and master’s from University College Dublin. He has also held a pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University. He was previously executive director of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Harris School for Public Policy.

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