What does Brexit really mean? The UK government’s ‘global Britain’ aspiration, and future UK-EU relations, both political and commercial, is considered. What can Britain expect from a Biden Presidency? Is there scope for a UK/USA or UK/USMCA trade agreement? What is the security/defense implications for Britain, for the EU, and for NATO?

Prime Minister Johnson promised to Get Brexit Done. In fact, we may expect endless negotiation, arbitration and long-running dispute settlement procedures.

Speaker: Dr. Simon Sweeney PhD, SFHEA, CMBE

Simon Sweeney is a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy and Business at the University of York Management School in the UK. He is the author of Europe the State and Globalisation (Routledge, 2016). His PhD was on EU Security and Defense Policy (University of Leeds, 2015). Between 2006 and 2013 he served as a UK Bologna Expert, sponsored by the European Commission. His research interests are European integration and EU security and defense policy. https://ukandeu.ac.uk/author/ssweeney/

He has published in books and journals on European integration, EU security and defense, and on various aspects of pedagogy. He began his career in English Language Teaching and speaks several languages. He has worked at Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University and at York St John University. In 2006 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the UK Higher Education Academy.

Date and time: Tuesday December 8, 2020 at 10 am MST

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Recent Commentary articles on Brexit

‘The letter that Lord David Frost, the UK’s Brexit negotiator, will not address to the British public’ 3 December 2020. DCU Brexit Institute Dublin City University. http://dcubrexitinstitute.eu/2020/12/the-letter-that-lord-david-frost-the-uks-brexit-negotiator-will-not-address-to-the-british-public/

‘Brexit, the US elections, and Covid-19: No hiding place for the UK government’ 6 November 2020. UK in a Changing Europe. King’s College London. https://ukandeu.ac.uk/brexit-the-us-elections-and-covid-19-no-hiding-place-for-the-uk-government/

‘Deal or No Deal? EU-UK negotiations have hit the wall, but the end is not in sight’ Blog. 18 October 2020. DCU Brexit Institute, Dublin City University.

http://dcubrexitinstitute.eu/2020/10/deal-or-no-deal-eu-uk-negotiations-have-hit-the-wall-but-the-end-is-not-in-sight/

Journal articles on EU security and defence policy

Sweeney, S, and Winn, N. (2021, in press) ‘Do or Die? The UK, the EU and internal/external security cooperation after Brexit’ European Political Science. Palgrave.

Sweeney, S. and Winn, N. (2020) ‘EU Security and Defence Cooperation in Times of Dissent: analysing PESCO, the European Defence Fund and the European Intervention Initiative (EI2) in the shadow of Brexit’. Defence Studies, 20(3) 224-249 https://doi.org/10.1080/14702436.2020.1778472

Sweeney, S. (2018) ‘The European Union and EUFOR Althea’s contribution to a dysfunctional peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bureaucratic politics, emergent strategy?’ Journal of Regional Security 13(1) 3-38.

https://scindeks-clanci.ceon.rs/data/pdf/2217-995X/2018/2217-995X1801003S.pdf

Sweeney, S. & Winn, N. (2017) ‘CSDP and the Open Method of Coordination: Developing the EU’s Comprehensive Approach to Security’. Journal of Regional Security 12(2) Spring. http://dx.doi.org/10.11643/issn.2217-995X172SPS82

On pedagogy

Sweeney, S. (2019) ‘Adapting conventional delivery to cope with large cohorts: turning seminars into workshops and changing assessment’ 5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’19) Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia. http://www.headconf.org/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/9505.pdf

Sweeney, S. (2018) ‘Student Engagement: Key Skills, Social Capital, and Encouraging Learner Contributions to Module Resources’ Journal of Contemporary European Research 14(3): 253-272. https://doi.org/10.30950/jcer.v14i3.899

More on EU, UK and Brexit

Three Commentary articles 2019-20 on UK in a Changing Europe, King’s College London https://ukandeu.ac.uk/author/ssweeney/

Seven Commentary articles 2016-20 on The Conversation https://theconversation.com/profiles/simon-sweeney-250570/articles

‘An inevitable failure of statecraft: the culture clash that is Brexit’ Commentary 11 December 2020. KCL: UK in a Changing Europe. https://ukandeu.ac.uk/an-inevitable-failure-of-statecraft-the-culture-clash-of-brexit/


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