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10 Feb 2020

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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 JonesConservative Life peer and member of the National Security Strategy Joint Committee 
  • Professor Ngaire Woodsfounding 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 HoughtonCrossbench Life peer and former Chief of Defence Staff (2013 – 2016) 
  • Sophia Besch, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform 
  • Angus Lapsleyformer 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.

To register for this event, please create a account. You do not need to be a RUSI member to attend and your details will be checked prior to registration. 



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