Britain in the World
Join us for our Britain in the World conference, hosted in partnership with the Royal United Services Institute, looking at the UK’s foreign policy priorities post-Brexit and examines its new role in the world.
Following its departure from the European Union, foreign policy will have to explore how Britain fits into a new competitive and more state-based international system. It is also vital to look into potential ways for cooperation in defence and how both sides will restructure their policies and resources post-Brexit.
Furthermore, how will the British diplomacy machinery counteract future security threats, how will new bonds be formed, and emerging challenges be met? Are the diplomatic processes enough to deal with the UK’s new position?
0830 – 0900 Registration, Tea & coffee provided on arrival
0900 – 1000 Keynote speech – Sir Lawrence Freedman
1000 – 1100 What is Britain’s role?
- Tom Tugendhat, Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee (July 2017 – November 2019)
- Baroness Neville Jones, Conservative Life peer and member of the National Security Strategy Joint Committee
- Professor Ngaire Woods, founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance
- Tom Keatinge, Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies
- Chair: Professor Malcolm Chalmers
1100 – 1200 What kind of world do we want?
- Sarah MacIntosh CMG, Permanent Representative to the United Kingdom’s Delegation to NATO
- Hans Kundnani, Senior Research Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
- Catherine West, Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green and former Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
- Chair: Shashank Joshi, defence editor at The Economist
1200 – 1300 Lunch (served in the library)
1300 – 1400 Defence in Britain and Europe
- Lord Houghton, Crossbench Life peer and former Chief of Defence Staff (2013 – 2016)
- Sophia Besch, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform
- Angus Lapsley, former Director for Defence, International Security and South East Europe at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2017 – 2019)
- Chair: Lucy Fisher, defence editor at The Times
1400 – 1430 Coffee & Tea break
1430 – 1530 British diplomacy put to the test
- Professor Christopher Hill, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, University of Cambridge
- Sian MacLeod, Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia
- Menna Rawlings CMG, Director-General Economic and Global Issues at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- Bim Afolami, Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden
- Chair: Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor at Sky News
1530 – 1630 Keynote Speech – Sir Julian King
There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.
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