Prof. Amelia Hadfield | 'Britain Rues the Waves? UK Foreign and Security Policy Post-Brexit'

Brussels, Belgium

21 November 2019

In conversation with...Professor Amelia Hadfield
'Britain Rues the Waves? UK Foreign and Security Policy Post-Brexit'

  • 21 November 2019, 17.30
  • Brussels School of International Studies (University of Kent), Belgium
  • Registration is open to all. Tickets are free but limited.

The eventual departure of the UK from the EU represents a watershed moment in UK foreign affairs.

It will require a major shift in its diplomatic assumptions with other states and regions, a recalibration of its own interests, and an overhaul of its own identity. Unfortunately, the sheer amount of energy dedicated to these major issues has been badly dissipated by internal divisions in concluding the UK's first phase of negotiations with the EU. At this point, much remains ambiguous in defining both the UK's preferences as a third-party state in relation to the EU, and its international roles and goals in terms of international organizations, regions and global themes.

Interrogating what 'Global Britain' means in foreign policy terms, Professor Amelia Hadfield explores what Britain could lose vs. gain in diplomatic terms as a result of Brexit, whether Brexit has effectively already taken place in key international organizations, and determining the UK's current and future positions regionally and internationally.


17:30 In Conversation with Professor Amelia Hadfield: 'Britain Rues the Waves? UK Foreign and Security Policy Post-Brexit'

18:20 Questions and contributions from the floow

18:50 Concluding Remarks


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Prof. Hadfield joined the University of Surrey in January 2019 as Head of the Department of Politics, and Chair in European and International Affairs. Previously she worked as Director of the Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Canterbury Christ Church Uni (2013-2018), after positions in Brussels at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the Institute for European Studies, where she directed the Euromaster degree, as well as the Educational Development (EDU). Amelia is a long-standing Jean Monnet Chair in European Foreign Affairs, researching, teaching, consulting & postgrad supervising on EU foreign policy, EU-UK relations. Her areas of expertise include Common Security and Defence Policy, EU-Russia Energy Relations, EU Neighbourhood Policy, EU Development policy (with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa), EU relations with the US and Canada, Arctic & northern governance issues, and European energy governance. Additional areas of interest include foreign policy analysis, international and diplomatic history, the role of sovereignty in political history, International Relations theory, international political economy, public policy analysis, the Commonwealth and EU education policy. Amelia is regularly called upon as a guest speaker, external supervisor, research partner, consultant and media pundit on areas of EU foreign affairs, and of late, EU-UK relations.

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