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Brexit Bedlam: What It Means for Britain and the World

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

Brexit Bedlam: What It Means for Britain and the World


With Dr. Amanda Sloat, moderated by Joseph Jupille

Monday, July 22, 2019
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

Vail Interfaith Chapel | Vail

The prolonged Brexit deliberation is a process familiar to any cat owner. The cat meows loudly at the door to go out, only to demur once the door is open. Close the door and meowing begins again in earnest. In June 2016, British voters opted to leave the European Union by a narrow margin. After nearly three years and two missed deadlines, there is still no Brexit deal nor certainty about the way ahead. Ahead of the new Halloween 2019 deadline, there could be a general election or second referendum if the British Parliament fails to break the gridlock.
To provide an insider’s perspective on the Brexit situation, Dr. Amanda Sloat of the Brookings Institution will help us make sense of Brexit and the implications for both sides of the English Channel and the world. Sloat will review the history of these Brexit debates, explain where things currently stand and discuss what these events mean for Britain’s future relations with the EU and US.
Amanda Sloat, Ph.D. is a Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. She is also a fellow with the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.
Sloat served in the U.S. government for nearly a decade. She was most recently deputy assistant secretary for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs at the State Department, where she was responsible for U.S. relations with Cyprus, Greece and Turkey as well as for coordinating European engagement on Middle East issues. She also served as senior advisor to the White House coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf region and as senior advisor to the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. She previously worked as senior professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, with responsibility for European policy.
Prior to her government service, Sloat was a senior program officer with the National Democratic Institute, including work in Iraq with the Council of Representatives. She was also a post-doctoral research fellow with the Institute of Governance at Queen’s University Belfast. During this time, she held visiting fellowships at the Academy of Sciences in the Czech Republic, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, and the Jean Monnet Center at New York University Law School. She also served as a special advisor to the Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and European Commission.
Sloat holds a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in political theory from James Madison College at Michigan State University. She has published a book, “Scotland in Europe: A Study of Multi-Level Governance” (Peter Lang, 2002). She speaks and writes widely on European politics.
Moderator Professor Joseph Jupille is currently an Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Colorado Boulder. He was the Founding Director of the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Colorado. He is a specialist in the European Union.
This program is generously underwritten by Kathi Renman & Jim Picard and Nina & Ken Wise

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