What We’re Reading: British Independence, Swiss Neutrality

Weekly reviews of what's on our bookshelves.

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A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop By Kevin O’Rourke Middle England By Jonathan Coe A little over a year ago, back when such things were permitted, I was vacationing on a Greek island (based on Caroline’s review, the vacations of yesteryear must be on all of our minds), where I struck up a conversation with an elderly British man. Naturally, the topic turned to Brexit. It didn’t take much prodding to get the man to share his feelings on the whole ordeal. “We won the war,” he said, referring to World War II, “but if you look at Europe, it’s like everyone won except for us.” He had other complaints, of course, but he kept returning to the idea that, three-quarters of a century after Britain’s triumph, the Europeans – and worst of all, the Germans – had come out on top. Britain was losing the long game, and it had no other option left but to flip the table. There have probably been a dozen explanations for British voters’ shocking decision more than four years ago to leave the European Union. Some of the most prominent ones include imperial nostalgia, Russian manipulation, or a backlash against […]

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Ryan Bridges
Ryan Bridges is an editor with Geopolitical Futures, having spent years both editing and writing geopolitical articles. He joined Geopolitical Futures in 2017 and spent over a year as a geopolitical analyst writing on Europe and focusing on issues relating to the European Union. His expertise as an editor was in high demand so he recently made the change back to editing rather than analyzing. Prior to Geopolitical Futures Mr. Bridges worked for seven years as an editor at Stratfor. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, where he studied political science with a minor in philosophy. Mr. Bridges lives and works from Germany and also travels extensively in the region. He speaks some German.
Caroline D. Rose
Caroline Rose has a Masters of Science (MSc) in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Just before joining GPF she served as a Research Associate for LSE’s International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU), where she researched the nexus between illicit economies and armed insurgencies. She earned her undergraduate degree from American University's School of International Service and has worked previously at both Brookings Institute and the Atlantic Council. Her studies and projects at these institutions covered a range of topics, from Russian and Chinese cyber warfare, evolving American interest within a changing international order, and grand security strategies against state-led revisionism in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific. Throughout she's written for a diverse array of publications including Limes in Italy.