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On Monday, March 27, Dr. John McCormick discusses, “The EU: An Uncertain Future” as part of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan’s Great Decisions Global Discussion Series.

Event Details

The event will be held Monday, Mar. 27 from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m, at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Aquinas College.


No reservations are needed, free parking available, pay at door. Admission: $10.


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“Brexit may seem to be only a distant concern to most Americans, but it has direct implications for our economic and security interests,” says Dr. John McCormick, Professor of European Union Politics, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

On Monday, March 27, Dr. John McCormick discusses, “The EU: An Uncertain Future” as part of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan’s Great Decisions Global Discussion Series.

Dr. McCormick will focus on the many problems the European Union has recently faced, focusing particularly on the fallout of Brexit and how that will affect American foreign policy. As many may remember, last summer the United Kingdom had a vote to remain or stay in the European Union, popularly referred to as Brexit. The UK did in fact vote to leave the European Union but the implications and consequences of that vote remain unclear.

Dr. McCormick is one of the foremost authorities on the European Union and has visited Western Michigan several times as a guest of the World Affairs Council, always to rave reviews from the audience.  Along with his focus on the EU, his academic interests also include comparative politics and transatlantic relations.

He was educated at Rhodes University in South Africa, University College London, and Indiana University, where he received his Ph.D. He is the author of 12 books and multiple book chapters and journal articles, has written seven textbooks that have been published in 24 editions and seven languages, and has won three university teaching awards.

Great Decisions highlights the most critical global topics each year as chosen by the Foreign Policy Association in New York City. The World Affairs Council brings experts to West Michigan to discuss all eight topics. Presented Monday evenings at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, the series runs through April 3. Full details on the series are available at:

In existence since 1949, the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan  is dedicated to educating people in western Michigan about other countries and cultures of the world, as well as providing a forum for discussion of critical foreign policy issues. The Council is non-partisan and speakers’ views do not necessarily reflect the Council’s. The Council welcomes the opportunity to be a platform where major global issues can be discussed in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

With 60 member companies and almost 3,000 members, it has grown from being a small volunteer Council to a mid-size Council with a professional staff. It is one of the most active, growing Councils in the national network of 100 World Affairs Councils.

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