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Goodbye Britannia? Brexit and Britain’s Approach to International Relations

December 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 AM

Location:FSS 4006, Faculty of Social Science building 120, University Pvt. University of Ottawa
Audience:Alumni, Carleton Community, Current Students, Media, Staff and Faculty

IMPORTANT: This event is hosted by the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa. Please refer to the event webpage for any updates.

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union came as a shock to many in Europe and internationally and raised concerns that Britain is heading towards isolating itself not only from the rest of Europe but taking a more populist, inward-looking, and mercantilist view towards international relations. Supporters of Brexit counter by arguing that in joining the EU, the UK ‘shackled itself to a corpse’ and that leaving will allow Britain and the EU to develop a more constructive relationship while also allowing the UK to return to a foreign policy that is more global orientated as opposed to European focused. As Brexit unfolds the realities for Britain’s approaches to European security, conflict, and development are slowly becoming apparent. In this presentation, Dr Tim Oliver, a noted writer on Brexit and British foreign policy, will discuss why Brexit happened, where relations between the UK and the EU might now be headed, what Brexit could mean for European security, and whether concerns about Brexit and Britain’s isolation and decline are justified.

dude-150x150Dr. Tim Oliver is a Dahrendorf Fellow at LSE IDEAS, the LSE’s foreign policy think tank, and a Visiting Scholar at NYU. He holds degrees from the LSE and the University of Liverpool. His research interests focus on transatlantic relations, European politics, British-European relations, British government and politics, and the UK’s foreign, security, and defence policies. He spent several years as a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and has also taught at the LSE and UCL. He has worked in the House of Lords and the European Parliament, and at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Berlin) at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations and the RAND Corporation (both in Washington D.C.). His work can be found at

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence events are co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and by Carleton University.