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Department of Politics and International Studies

Finishing the year with another highlight, the European Centre invites you to a debate with Prof Karen E. Smith (LSE) and Prof Richard Whitman (University of Kent) on Friday, 14 December, at 3pm. Together with our very own Geoffrey Edwards, they will discuss the future of EU-UK relations in international security and cooperation after Brexit. The event will take place in room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road. All welcome.

What: The EU in international security and cooperation after Brexit

When: Friday, 14 December 2018, from 3pm to 4.30pm

Where: S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Who: Dr Geoffrey Edwards (chair)

Prof Karen E. Smith (LSE): 'The EU, the UK and Multilateralism after Brexit'

Prof Richard Whitman (University of Kent): 'We're on a road to know-where? The future EU-UK foreign and security policy relationship'

This event is part of the workshop 'The EU in international security after Brexit: New paths for Europe?'. It is supported by the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO).


About the speakers:

Karen E. Smith (LSE)

Karen E. Smith is a Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit (within the International Relations Department). She teaches courses on the EU in the World, EU Enlargement, European institutions, and genocide, and supervises PhD students in those areas.

Her main area of research is the 'international relations of the European Union', and she has written extensively on the formulation and implementation of common EU foreign policies. She has examined the EU's pursuit of 'ethical' foreign policy goals such as promoting human rights and democracy, and policy-making within European states regarding genocide. For over a decade she has also analysed EU-UN relations, and more recently has extended her research to consider the role of other political and regional groups in UN diplomacy. She is now working on a project on women in foreign policy-making.


Richard Whitman (University of Kent)

Professor Richard G. Whitman is Director of the Global Europe Centre and Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. He is also an Associate Fellow and former Head of the Europe Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

His current research interests include Brexit and especially the future foreign and security and defence policies of the UK and the EU.

He is the author and editor of eleven books, published over sixty articles and book chapters, on European integration and UK foreign and security policy. He is a lead editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) – the longest established international academic journal covering the politics and economics of European integration. He was elected as an Academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences in 2007 and is the 2017-2018 elected Chair of the British International Studies Association (BISA). He has also been appointed as an Academic Fellow of the European Policy Centre (EPC).

Professor Whitman is a regular international media commentator. Recent coverage has included BBC radio and television, Sky, ITV, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC and he has been quoted by print publications including The Economist, The Financial Times, Newsweek, Reuters, the International Herald Tribune and the Wall Street Journal. He has regularly been called to give evidence to the UK Parliament on UK and EU foreign and security issues.