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May 31, 2016

Event: ‘Britain’s Europe – A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation’

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TIME: 13:00 – 14:00, Tuesday 31st May 2016

VENUE: Committee Room 1, House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW

SPEAKER: Professor Brendan Simms, President, The Henry Jackson Society & Professor of History of European International Relations, University of Cambridge

For a transcript of this event click here

Today, our continent faces a series of interlocking challenges which are bringing Europe to its knees: the resurgence of an expansionist Russia; the imposition of EU-wide austerity politics at Berlin’s behest in the aftermath of the financial crisis; the crisis of the Schengen Area of passportless travel as a result of war and state failure in the Middle East and Africa; and the threat of Islamist extremism. Yet if the 1707 Acts of Union united England and Scotland in a short period of time, the European Union is mired in an interminable process of slow integration resulting in a currency without a state and a joint political project without a common sense of its mission. In this context, it is clear that there is no desire in Britain for closer integration with the EU. Indeed, as the referendum on membership looms, a ‘Brexit’ cannot be ruled out. But what is the British interest in mainland Europe?

By kind invitation of Lord Tugendhat, The Henry Jackson Society and the Project for Democratic Union are pleased to invite you to an event with Professor Brendan Simms, President, The Henry Jackson Society and Professor of History of European International Relations, University of Cambridge, who will be discussing his new book Britain’s Europe, A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation and exploring the highlights and low-points in the Euro-British encounter, from the Middle Ages to 2016.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Speaker Biography:

Brendan Simms is Professor of the History of European International Relations and Director of the Forum on Geopolitics, University of Cambridge, and President of the Project for Democratic Union. He is also President and co-founder (with Dr Alan Mendoza) of The Henry Jackson Society. Brendan is the author of the Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia (2001), Three Victories and a Defeat: The rise and fall of the First British Empire (2007), Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy from 1453 to the present day (2013), and The Longest Afternoon: The 400 men who won the battle of Waterloo (2014). His most recent book, Britain’s Europe, A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation was published in early May 2016.