US, UK, EU: Brexit, Trump, Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations

Lecture | September 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 David Whineray, Visiting Scholar, Center for British Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Center for British Studies, Anglo-American Studies Program

Major geopolitical changes are taking place within Europe, and between the United States and Europe. Brexit is the biggest geopolitical shift in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall. After 50 years of European integration—championed by successive US administrations—the UK’s exit from the EU is the first time a country has left the union. At the same time, European-US relations have become strained under Trump, as US foreign policy has also become more nationalistic, transactional, and mercantile. Trump has broken with previous US presidents by seeing the EU as a competitor to the US rather than a strategic Western ally.

This lecture will focus on the foreign policy and geopolitical aspects of Brexit, Trump, European integration and the transatlantic alliance. It will provide an understanding of: (a) the history and reasons for European integration and a close, strategic European-US relationship—from 1919 to 2019; (b) challenges to EU integration and to European-US relations, particularly from Brexit and the Trump Administration; (c) why the UK voted to leave the EU; (d) what will happen now on Brexit (deal or no deal?); (e) how and why US foreign policy in general — and toward Europe — has shifted under Trump from the approach by previous Republican and Democratic presidents; and (f) how the US, EU and UK could re-boot their diplomacy with each other on foreign policy in the new transatlantic context with Brexit and Trump.

Speaker Bio: David Whineray is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for British Studies at Berkeley. He is also a non-resident Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC. David’s areas of expertise include transatlantic relations, US foreign policy, Brexit, European foreign policy, the EU. European politics, and multilateralism.

David has 20 years experience advising Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers and National Security Advisors and Fortune 500 CEOs - in Washington, New York, London and Brussels. He has worked for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), 10 Downing Street, European External Action Service, European Parliament, and the UK Department of the Interior - as well as in the private sector.

David has an MSc (awarded with Distinction) in Political Science from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) in Politics, Economics and International Relations from the University of Durham.