It has been suggested that Europeanisation enhances the possibilities of resolving a conflict. Indeed, the positive impact of Europeanisation on the stabilisation of some conflicts such as the ones in Northern Ireland, Serbia/Kosovo and Serbia/Montenegro is well attested.
But what happens when a State withdraws from the EU? Does its detachment from the EU structures lead to the deterioration of the environment of a given conflict? Brexit offers a unique opportunity to analyse this unprecedented phenomenon as it will affect three territorial borders that are all somehow linked with conflicts.On Friday 26 January 2018, I will be organising a conference on 'The De-Europeanisation of Border Conflicts: The Effect of Brexit on Three Territorial Borders'. The conference is generously funded by UACES and the UEA's HEIF Impact Fund.
The aim of the conference is precisely to discuss the possible effect of Brexit on three territorial borders and the conflicts linked with them: the Irish one, the one in Gibraltar and the one in Cyprus (where the UK has two Sovereign Bases).
The conference will take place on Friday 26 January in Carlton House Terrace, British Academy, London between 9am and 6pm. It will be structured around 4 roundtables where academics and policy-makers will be discussing the following themes: Panel 1: Brexit Challenges on borders and the conflicts linked with themPanel 2: The visions of the UK, the EU and its Member States in addressing those challenges Panel 3: The idea of differentiated Brexit Panel 4: Lessons to be learned from other borders and conflicts