Meet Jeff Cimbalo

October 27th, 2011 at 3:00 pm David Frum | 2 Comments |

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FrumForum is honored to welcome a new regular contributor, Jeff Cimbalo, who will write about the gathering crisis in the European Union – a crisis of democracy as well as of debt and currency.

It’s difficult to do justice to Jeff’s polymathic genius. A lawyer and litigator based in Richmond, an expert on southern politics and US foreign policy, ex-Harvard and ex-ROTC, and the best friend of seemingly every maitre d’ in every three-star restaurant on the European continent, Jeff also along the way acquired a mastery of the arcane subject of the constitutional law of the European Union.

In the spring of 2005, I organized at AEI a debate over the Lisbon treaty between Jeff and Charles Grant, a leading British advocate of the treaty. In the opinion of just about everyone attending, Jeff pulverized Grant, not only because Jeff is a fearsome debater (although he is that too), but because of Jeff’s line-by-line superior understanding of the working of the treaty in conjunction with all the EU’s previous treaties.

Jeff had generously shared this knowledge with AEI fellows at a seminar he led all that spring–one of the most exciting projects in all my time at AEI. Over the years since, I’ve urged Jeff to continue to share his expertise with a wider American audience. As the disconnect between the EU’s financial ambitions and its constitutional architecture threatens to capsize the world economy, the public debate needs Cimbalo more than ever. I’m delighted to announce here that he has acquiesced to my entreaties. He’ll be contributing frequently to this site on Euro-issues–joining and leading an urgently needed public debate.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • Moderate

    Very cool. The internet needs more expertise.

  • valkayec

    Hmmm. I wonder.

    Foreign Affairs Magazine
    January/February 2005
    To the Editor:

    Jeffrey L. Cimbalo finds European integration in its most recent form to be “the greatest challenge to continuing U.S. influence in Europe since World War II” (“Saving NATO From Europe,” November/December 2004). Whatever the merit of his conclusions, they could have at least been based on the correct text of the EU constitution, and on an awareness of the developments that took place in Europe between the summer of 2003 and the early spring of 2004.

    There have been three drafts of the constitution. The original Draft Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe was published on July 18, 2003. The European Council approved the second text, the Provisional Consolidated Version of the Draft Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe, on June 25, 2004. It contained some significant changes from the original draft. The third text, the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe, was published on August 6, 2004. It contained further minor amendments and a change in the numbering of the constitution’s articles.

    The document to which Cimbalo referred appears to have been the original draft — which included neither the correct numbering of the articles, nor the important changes that were subsequently made.”

    http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/60437/jolyon-howorth/draft-dodger

    Interesting that googling Cimbalo’s name this article came up second – the first being the original Foreign Affairs article from which this commentary derived.

    Let’s just say I’m skeptical.