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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. 

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

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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.

Wilson Center Director Jane Harman Interviews Christine Lagarde on Brexit, International Security, and Greece at the Aspen Ideas Festival

While at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Wilson Center Director Jane Harman sat down with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde to discuss Brexit, international security and Greece. 


Is EU Going to Disintegrate?

The European Union is in serious trouble. A series of recent challenges have shown the flaws in the design of the union.

Like the structural flaws that caused the fall of Edgar Allan Poe’s “House of Usher,” the structural flaws of the EU could bring a similar fate. In Poe’s story, it was a minor zigzag crack in an aging wall that eventually widens into the full and final collapse of the house of Usher.

Where Does the UK Go From Here?

Michael J. Geary, Global Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Global Europe program, discusses the implications on the UK’s “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union. 

Teleconference | After Brexit: A New World Order?

On June 24, 2016, the world awoke to the news that the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union. What followed were days of speculation and instability. On June 27, The Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program hosted a Ground Truth Briefing teleconference entitled: “After Brexit: A New World Order?” The discussion focused on what can be expected for the UK’s domestic and foreign policy following the referendum. Opening remarks were made by Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO, Congresswoman Jane Harman.

Wilson Experts Comment on Brexit

Comments from Wilson Center experts on the EU, UK and European politics, and economics in light of Brexit.

James Hollifield – Wilson Fellow and Professor of Political Science, Arnold Chair in International Political Economy at SMU