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Trump, Lavrov, and the Long History of Things that Never Happened

Reflections on memcons, memoirs, and the nature of documentary evidence

In an unusual move that highlights the depth of Russia’s involvement in US politics, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his readiness to provide Congress with a transcript of Foreign Minister’s Sergei Lavrov’s May 10 conversation with President Donald Trump.

Brexit Process Begins: What’s Next?

After years of speculation, a heated campaign, and a referendum outcome that shocked the world, the formal Brexit process begins March 29th. The UK’s exit from the EU is now a 2-year process of negotiations toward a final resolution. Can it be completed in the time allotted and what happens next? Global Fellow, Michelle Egan has been following the story for years and she joins us to sort through the complex implications and activities that begin in earnest following the formal triggering of Article 50. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

We Are Right, You Are Wrong: Russia’s Response to Brexit

Brexit will have some good consequences and some bad consequences, Russian president Vladimir Putin said in the immediate aftermath of the British vote. The president sounded restrained and impartial, leaving to lesser players the chance to cheer in public.

From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism

The burgeoning of American and British humanitarianism in the late eighteenth century has often been understood as an outgrowth of the rise of capitalism. Amanda Moniz, by contrast, roots it in political developments. From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism explores the shift from an imperial to a universal approach in humanitarianism as compatriots adjusted to being foreigners after the American Revolution.

After Brexit: A Conversation with Baroness Catherine Ashton

Baroness Catherine Ashton and Wilson Center Director Jane Harman have a wide-ranging conversation and lively Q&A with the audience on what led to the Brexit vote, the future of Britain’s trading relationship with the EU, immigration, trade, the developing world, and the future of the US-Russia relationship, among other topics. 

Key Quotes from the Event:


Catherine Ashton on what led to Brexit:

Brexit Fallout

Wilson Center Fellow and American University Professor Michelle Egan has been following the Brexit story since a UK exit from the EU first emerged as a possibility. Her insights into the situation provide a larger context for understanding the motivations of British voters and larger implications for the future of the European Union. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


China isn't Insulated from Brexit's Shocks (中文)

This article was originally published at Financial Times China.


英国所受到的影响更为直接,以其在世界经济中的特殊地位和对投资的开放态度,英国经济在过去得益于中国投资。几年前,中国工商银行斥巨资收购伦敦商 品及外汇交易业务,中国金融机构如此规模的投资在世界范围内还是头一宗。而当中国国家外汇管理局设立主权财富基金时,将对英国商业房产和基础设施的投资作 为进军欧洲之前的测试。


Brexit and the Politics of Fear

I arrived London on Thursday, the day of the BREXIT referendum. London looked the same as usual—people going about their business. I saw none of the “I voted” lapel stickers or the usual campaign signs or bumper stickers, which in this case would have read “remain” or “leave,” that one would see in America on a voting day. Probably a good many Londoners were going about their business as usual, confident that the “remain” side would win handily; London supported it by a significant margin, and must have thought the rest of the country would follow suit.

Brexit Demands a Disruptive Response

The United Kingdom’s stunning vote to leave the European Union will surely disrupt many assumptions about European integration, borders, trade, political elites, the generational divide, and more. 

The response needs to be as disruptive as the referendum result.