The EU’s Post-Brexit Foreign Policy: A Europe Day Discussion

Date and time
9 May 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
European Union Society
Old Medical Building (Teviot Lecture Theatre)

The Edinburgh University European Union Society is pleased to invite you its upcoming event on Europe Day:

The EU’s Post-Brexit Foreign Policy
A Europe Day Discussion

Wednesday 9 May 2018
6pm to 7.30pm

Old Medical Building
Teviot Lecture Theatre

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Doors open from 5.30pm
Refreshments on arrival

Opening Remarks from Dr Alasdair Allan MSP
Minister for International Development and Europe

The European Union faces numerous external challenges, ranging from migration in the Mediterranean and climate change, to security in its many forms (including cyber, terrorism and energy) and relations with the US and Russia. At the same time, geopolitical shifts in favour of China and others raise questions of the EU’s ability to effectively export its values and to shape the international system. Despite having a Common Foreign and Security Policy, foreign policy has often been one of the EU’s weaknesses, as different national interests make it difficult to set a united course. Brexit will also change the dynamic, as the UK (along with France) has been one of the EU’s major foreign policy actors. Going forward, how can and should the EU address its major foreign policy challenges? What is the outlook for the EU in the world? And what do the EU’s actions externally say about its politics at home? This Europe Day, join us as we consider the prospects for EU foreign policy in a changing world.

Dr Alasdair Allan MSP
Minister for International Development and Europe

Remei Calabuig
International Journalist

Dr John MacDonald
Editor · Cable Magazine

Dr Sanja Badanjak
Postdoctoral Research Fellow · The University of Edinburgh

Anthony Salamone | Chair
European Union Society President Emeritus

About the Speakers

Dr Alasdair Allan MSP is Minister for International Development and Europe and Member of the Scottish Parliament for Na h-Eileanan an Iar. He served as Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages from 2011 to 2016. His doctorate from the University of Aberdeen is in Scots language and he was previously a Gaelic-language columnist.

Remei Calabuig is an international journalist based in Edinburgh. Her reporting focuses on politics, economics and current affairs, and she has worked in the UK, Spain and Greece. She has reported extensively on the refugee crisis, including from the island of Lesbos, the Idomeni refugee camp on the Greece-Macedonia border and wider in the region.

Dr John MacDonald is founder and Editor of Cable, the Scottish international affairs magazine. His expertise includes US politics, transatlantic security and the politics of war and intervention. As an advisor and consultant, he has worked on Arctic change, UK defence policy, security policy, diplomatic exchange and democracy promotion.

Dr Sanja Badanjak is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Her primary research area is European politics, focusing on the realignments in party systems and voter affiliations that result from the process of Europeanisation. She also researches international effects on national politics more broadly.

The event refreshments are generously provided by Edinburgh Global

This event is free. Registration in advance required
All are welcome

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