Press Release: US-Europe Relations in the Context of Brexit

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Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council

Thomas Wright presents, “US-Europe Relations in the Context of Brexit”

This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council virtual meeting takes place on Tuesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. via Zoom

Waterford, CT (April 20, 2021) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Thomas Wright is to speak on US-Europe relations in the context of Brexit at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, via Zoom. The virtual presentation is free for members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required.

Thomas Wright will discuss how the United States is very clear on what it wants from Europe– more cooperation on China, technology, the Middle East, and more sharing of the burden of defense– but it is much less clear about what it wants in Europe. With Europe in flux following the departure of the UK from the EU and the rise of populist nationalism, the Biden administration needs an affirmative vision of what it wants to see in Europe over the next four years. In this talk, Tom Wright will show how such a vision might take shape. 

Wright’s presentation is part of the SECWAC 2021 monthly Speaker Series. Register in advance at


Thomas Wright is the director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He is also a contributing writer for The Atlantic and a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He is the author of “All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and the Future of American Power” which was published by Yale University Press in May 2017. His second book, “Aftershocks: Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old International Order,” will be published by St Martin’s Press in 2021. Wright also works on U.S. foreign policy, great power competition, the European Union, Brexit, and economic interdependence.

Wright has a doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a bachelor’s and master’s from University College Dublin. He has also held a pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University. He was previously executive director of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Harris School for Public Policy.


SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange at least 8-10 meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings present a range of topics in international affairs, foreign policy and diplomatic history, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.  SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policymakers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations.


CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Thomas Wright on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Free for members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required in advance. Pro-rated half-year membership of SECWAC is $42.50; $12.50 for young professionals under 35, and free for students and educators; corporate membership available for $1,000 (contact SECWAC for details).


Mission Statement

The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.