Global Britain: How Can the UK Stay Relevant on the World Stage?
Baroness Tessa Blackstone, Chair, British Library; Adviser, Central Policy Review Staff, Cabinet Office (1975-78)
Dame Mariot Leslie, HM Diplomatic Service (1977-2014); Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Kate Ewart-Biggs, Director, Global Network, British Council
Chair: Peter Hennessy, Professor of Contemporary British History, Queen Mary, University of London
Forty years on from the controversial Review of Overseas Representation by the Central Policy Review Staff in 1977, this event will look back at the recommendations made by former UK Prime Minister James Callaghan’s advisers, and analyse their relevance today as Britain plans to protect and promote its international position following its impending departure from the European Union.
The panellists will explore the relevance to today’s Britain of the Review’s radical recommendations, including the changing nature of the diplomatic service, the need for streamlined funding and the role of cultural institutions such as the British Council and the BBC World Service. How can the UK government best use the various instruments of soft power at its disposal to promote British influence and interests on the world stage?
This event will be followed by a reception.