On Monday, August 15, I will be giving a presentation as a part of the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) Distinguished Speakers series. The topic of the event is Brexit in its Post-World War II Context, and will be held in the ballroom of the AIER's Stone House from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. See the attached invitation for more information about the event.
I look forward to speaking about the implications of Brexit because my first job after the army in 1960-61 was at the State Department working in the office (RA, European Regional Affairs) that was pushing to get the UK to join the European Economic Community. Then I went to the delegation to the OECD working on agricultural and other trade-related issues. I have kept up with European developments ever since. Indeed, I believe that the U.S. success in promoting European economic integration over the past six decades more than anything else led to the collapse of the Communist Bloc.