GUST sheds light on Brexit and fu­ture of Euro­pean Union

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Gulf Univer­sity for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy’s (GUST) Global Stud­ies Cen­ter (GSC) or­ga­nized this week a lec­ture led by Dr Jan Claudius Voelkel, en­ti­tled “Brexit and the Fu­ture of the Euro­pean Union”. The lec­ture, which was open to the pub­lic, and took place on its cam­pus in West Mishref.

Dr Jan Voelkel, a lec­turer in EuroMediter­ranean stud­ies at the Deutsche Akademis­che Aus­tausch­di­enst, bet­ter known as the Ger­man Aca­demic Ex­change Ser­vice (DAAD), in Cairo, pro­vided a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on the ram­i­fi­ca­tions and ef­fects of the re­cent Brexit vote made by the UK pop­u­la­tion. The lec­ture ex­am­ined the short and long term ef­fects of the Brexit on the UK, and gave an in­depth anal­y­sis of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, and how it could af­fect its re­la­tion­ship with the Euro­pean Union. Dr Voelkel also an­a­lyzed the up­com­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions and whether they will have an im­pact. The lec­ture was then fol­lowed by a Q&A ses­sion.

Head of the Global Stud­ies Cen­ter at GUST, Dr Martin Rosen­stock, said, “We live in a world which is not only dy­namic, but also more in­ter­con­nected than it has ever been in the past. Ref­er­en­dums that take place in the UK, will have a rip­ple ef­fect not only on Europe, but glob­ally, and will even be felt here in Kuwait, a ma­jor ally of Great Bri­tain. With this lec­ture, we aim to shed light on var­i­ous top­ics, and try to un­der­stand them from dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives in or­der to form sound and mean­ing­ful opinions.”

The GSC was founded in 2015 in part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sin­ga­pore, and aims to con­duct cut­ting-edge re­search on cross-na­tional po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, so­cial, cul­tural, and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues of crit­i­cal im­por­tance, as well as share re­search out­put and in­for­ma­tion re­gion­ally and glob­ally. It seeks to fos­ter pub­lic un­der­stand­ing of global is­sues and sup­port the pol­icy-mak­ing pro­cesses of con­cerned states.

Pre­vi­ous events hosted by the GSC in­clude a dis­cus­sion to com­mem­o­rate the 25th an­niver­sary of the lib­er­a­tion of Kuwait from Iraqi oc­cu­pa­tion, spon­sored by the US Em­bassy in Kuwait, a lec­ture by Dr Peter Slu­glett, an ex­pert on Mid­dle East­ern his­tory and Di­rec­tor of the Mid­dle East In­sti­tute at NUS, en­ti­tled: “An Im­prove­ment on Colo­nial­ism? The ‘A’ Man­dates and their Legacy in the Mid­dle East”, and an­other by Dr Daniel Brum­berg, the Kuwait Pro­gram Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor at the Paris School of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs, on US-Arab Re­la­tions in a Time of Cri­sis.

The Ja­panese Em­bassy hosted a beach clean­ing cam­paign yes­ter­day in co­op­er­a­tion with the Kuwait En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety (KEPS).

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