NO MORE “BUSINESS AS USUAL” - Trump, Brexit and the Transatlantic Economy

29  May 2017    4:00 pm CEST

Daniel S. Hamilton, Johns Hopkins University


wiiw, Rahlgasse 3, 1060 Vienna, lecture hall (entrance from the ground floor)


The decision by the United Kingdom to quit the European Union and the election of Donald Trump, an anti-establishment economic nationalist, as the 45th president of the United States, has rocked the very foundation of the transatlantic partnership at a time when the European Union is besieged by a daunting array of simultaneous challenges, from terrorism and refugee streams to tensions with Russia, turmoil across neighboring North Africa and the Middle East, and populist pressures at home. The entire global economy has been thrown off kilter by the stunning developments; the liberal economic order now rests on some uncertain transatlantic foundations. What do these developments portend for US-European economic relations? How are US economic ties with the UK, the EU, and non-EU Europe likely to evolve? What role are protectionist and nationalist pressures likely to play? Is there any prospect for US-EU trade negotiations beyond TTIP?

Daniel S. Hamilton is the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. For 15 years he served as Executive Director of the American Consortium on EU Studies, designated by the European Commission as the EU Center of Excellence Washington, DC. He has been a consultant for Microsoft and an advisor to the U.S. Business Roundtable, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, and the European-American Business Council. His book Rule-Makers or Rule-Takers? Exploring the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, edited with Jacques Pelkmans, was named the #1 policy book of 2015 in peer-rated global think tank rankings compiled by the University of Pennsylvania. Other   recent books include The Transatlantic Digital Economy 2017; The Transatlantic Economy (with Joseph P. Quinlan, annual editions 2004-2017); Forward Resilience: Protecting Society in an Interconnected World; The Geopolitics of TTIP; Global Flow Security, edited with Erik Brattberg; The Eastern Question: Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, edited with Stefan Meister; Transatlantic 2020: A Tale of Four Futures, edited with Kurt Volker; and Europe 2020: Competitive or Complacent? He has served in a variety of senior positions in the U.S. State Department, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and as Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff for two U.S. Secretaries of State.

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