Prosperity or Peril – a Debate on the Future of the EU

Anu Bradford, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization, Columbia Law School; James Kirchick, Visiting Fellow, Center on the United States & Europe and Project on International Order & Strategy, the Brookings Institution. Moderated by Cécile Shea.

Prosperity or Peril - a Debate On the Future of the EU

The European Union, operating as a single market economy encompassing 28 European countries with a population of over 512 million, is an economic powerhouse and a torchbearer of liberal, democratic values. In recent years, however, the Brexit vote, rising nationalism, and increasing anti-establishment sentiment have given way to disillusionment. The age of multi-state expansions and bold policy harmonization, meanwhile, appears to have stalled. Is this ambitious postwar experiment in political and economic integration failing, or could the EU’s size and openness position it to succeed in a fragmented world? Columbia Law School's Anu Bradford and Brookings' James Kirchick, holding opposing views on the EU’s prospects, debate the future of the bloc.

Copies of Anu Bradford’s 2020 book, The Brussels Effect. How the European Union Rules the World, and James Kirchick's 2017 book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age, will be available for purchase and signing from the Book Cellar.


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5:15 p.m.

5:30 p.m.
Public Program Introduction

5:35 p.m.

6:10 p.m.
Moderated audience Q&A, featuring audience polling on the failure or future of Europe

6:30 p.m.
Adjournment & book signing