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America, Brexit and the security of Europe

Rees, Wyn

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Wyn Rees



Abstract

The Obama administration played a surprisingly interventionist role in the UK referendum on membership of the European Union, arguing that a vote to leave would damage European security. Yet this article contends that US attitudes towards the EU as a security actor, and the part played within it by the UK, have been much more complex than the US has sought to portray. While it has spoken the language of partnership, it has acted as if the EU has been a problem for US policy. The UK was used as part of the mechanism for managing that problem. In doing so America contributed, albeit inadvertently, to the Brexit result. With the aid of contrasting theoretical perspectives from Realism and Institutionalism, this article explores how America’s security relationship with the UK has helped to engineer a security situation that the US wanted to avoid.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 31, 2017
Journal British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Print ISSN 1369-1481
Electronic ISSN 1467-856X
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Rees, W. (2017). America, Brexit and the security of Europe. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19(3), doi:10.1177/1369148117711400
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1369148117711400
Keywords Brexit, European Union, security, special relationship, United States, United Kingdom
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1369148117711400
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Copyright © 2017 by Political Studies Association

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