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The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union has triggered the worst political crisis the EU has ever faced. When the United Kingdom leaves, the EU will lose its largest military power, one of its two nuclear weapons states, one of its two veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, its second-largest economy, and its only truly global financial center. The United Kingdom stands to lose even more. Dr. Brent Nelsen, Professor, Furman University, will shed light on all that will be lost and whether anything will be gained by the UK’s imminent leaving. This lecture is the fifth of our 7-part monthly America and the World Lecture Series, hosted by the World Affairs Council Upstate in partnership with Furman University.
Dr. Brent Nelsen received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin in 1989 and began teaching at Furman in January 1990. Nelsen’s teaching and scholarship focus on Europe and the European Union. His first book, entitled The State Offshore: Petroleum, Politics, and State Intervention on the British and Norwegian Continental Shelves (Praeger), explored oil policy in the North Sea. A subsequent edited volume—Norway and the European Community: The Political Economy of Integration (Praeger)—examined the troubled relationship between Norway and an integrating Europe. Nelsen has teamed up with one of his former students (Alexander Stubb, now Prime Minister of Finland) to publish a textbook on the European Union called The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration (Lynne Rienner Publishers). The fourth edition was published in May 2014.
Since 2001 Dr. Nelsen has shifted his research interests to the study of religion and politics in Europe. He has published several articles on how religion shapes the attitudes of Europeans toward the EU.
- January 16: Dr. Brent Nelsen – EU minus UK: The European Union in the Post-Brexit Era
- February 20: Dr. Buket Oztas – Challenges for the Middle East
- March 20: Dr. Akan Malici – The Palestine-Israel Conflict
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