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The United States has long supported the evolution of a Europe made up of prosperous and free countries that no longer go to war with each other. Yet recent decisions by the European Union, particularly the effort to carve out a defense identity separate from NATO, pose increasing challenges to transatlantic relations and U.S. interests around the world.

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  • Commentary posted July 1, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Britain is Back

    I’ve spent a good part of the past three decades studying Britain’s relations with Europe. In fact, I wrote my thesis on Britain’s first application to the EEC, the European Union’s predecessor. Being in Britain for the referendum was a joy. It was also a lesson. I watched the last week of the referendum campaign from London. That may have been a mistake – not the…

  • Commentary posted June 28, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Brexit's Aftermath

    For many people outside of Britain, the Brexit vote came in like a typical news item. One minute, you knew nothing about it (or almost nothing), then it was all over the news. And now you see people reacting with great passion over the result. For me, it wasn’t a surprise. Regular readers may recall that I endorsed a pro-Brexit vote two weeks ago, calling on my British…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2016 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Britain's Exit is a Good Thing for Everyone

    Thursday's Brexit vote is a momentous step for the British people. For the first time in more than 40 years, they will be able to shape their own destiny as a world power. Brexit frees Great Britain from the shackles of the supra-national European Union, which has evolved into a big-government super-state -- one that restricts and constrains the sovereignty and freedom of…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. A Win for Britain: Brexit's Victory is Democracy's Victory

    The results in Britain’s referendum on its membership of the European Union are in. And what a result. Britain has voted to leave, by a margin of 52 percent in favor, or over 1.2 million votes. Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation Friday morning. No pollster saw this coming. Nor did almost any of the Brexit campaigners. The evening opened with Nigel…

  • Issue Brief posted June 22, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Why Brexit Will Promote European, British, and American Security

    On June 23, Britain will hold a referendum on its membership in the European Union. Opponents of a British exit from the EU assert that a “Brexit” would be bad for both British security and the peace of Europe. Indeed, on May 9, British Prime Minister David Cameron, a supporter of Britain’s EU membership, implied that Brexit risks causing a European war.[1] This argument…

  • Commentary posted June 20, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Brexit, Britain's Immigration Fight

    On Thursday, Britain will vote in a referendum on whether it should exit — hence, Brexit — the European Union. If it does leave, one reason will be because the British people are fed up with uncontrolled immigration. This is a story about the arrogance of Britain’s elite, with a lesson for politicians in all countries. First, a word about the EU: If you’re in it, you…

  • Commentary posted June 15, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Why 'Brexit' Makes Sense

    Full disclosure: I'm an Anglophile. In other words, I admire all things British. Well, almost all things: British cooking isn't always great, and the weather can be miserable, but when it comes to the basics — a commitment to the rule of law, punching above its weight in the world community, standing up for traditional values and individual liberty going back many…

  • Factsheet on June 2, 2016 Brexit and the Future of the Special Relationship

    The Anglo-American Relationship Is Broad and Deep When we talk about the Special Relationship, we usually mean defense and security cooperation between the U.S. and Britain. That cooperation takes place through NATO, though the Five Eyes community in intelligence, and bilaterally. But it’s important to remember that each nation is among the best—if not the…

  • Commentary posted May 25, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Would Churchill Have Backed Brexit?

    London’s now-former mayor, Boris Johnson, a best-selling biographer of Winston Churchill, has claimed the Great Man for the side of Brexit, Britain’s exit from the EU. Writing in the Guardian, journalist Martin Kettle offers the contrary argument that “everything we know” about Churchill suggests that would “be a committed voter to remain” inside the European Union If…

  • Issue Brief posted May 18, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. America’s Outdated Europe Policy: In 2017, the Next President Must Adapt to New Reality

    Since the end of World War II, U.S. policy toward Europe has drifted, without deliberate thought, far from its initial premises—while Europe itself has changed beyond recognition. It is time that the U.S. recognized this fact. The incoming President should direct the National Security Council (NSC) to oversee a comprehensive study of U.S. policy toward Europe, a study to…

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