With uncertainty about the EU and the future of the United Kingdom, there is no doubt that the recent Brexit referendum will pose an array of foreign policy challenges to transatlantic relations.
On August 2, join the World Affairs Council for a timely summer event with Jürgen Hardt, foreign policy spokesman in the German Parliament for the ruling coalition, and coordinator of transatlantic cooperation for the German Federal Foreign Office, for a discussion on the implications of Brexit on the European Union and transatlantic relations. Light refreshments will be provided.
This event is part of the 2015-2016 Community Programs Rapid Response Series.
About the speaker:
Jürgen Hardt, Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, Bundestag Member
In April 2014, Jürgen Hardt assumed the position of Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation for the German Federal Foreign Office. A member of the German parliament since 2009, Hardt serves as a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the Defense Committee, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union.
Hardt joined the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) in 1981. He served as a naval officer for four years and studied economics in Heidelberg and Cologne from 1986 to 1993. From 1992 to 2001 Hardt worked for the federal office of the CDU, and for the CDU/CSU (Christian Social Union in Bavaria) parliamentary group in the Bundestag, including as head of the CDU secretary-general’s office from 1995 to 1998. From 2001 to 2009 he was a senior manager at Vorwerk, a family business in Wuppertal.
About the moderator:
James A. Caporaso, Political Science Professor, University of Washington
James A. Caporaso (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. He is a specialist in international political economy and international relations theory. He is a past president of the International Studies Association (1997-98) and past Chair of the European Union Studies Association (1995-97). In 2003 he received an award for Distinguished International Political Economy Scholar from the International Studies Association. He has published articles in International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, American Political Science Review, Journal of European Public Policy and several other journals. He edited Comparative Political Studies until 2013. He is coauthor with David Levine of Theories of Political Economy. His current research is on political institutions and the financial crisis in comparative perspective. Caporaso enjoys teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in international relations and international political economy and mentoring graduate students.