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Conference

UK and the World

Rethinking the UK's International Ambitions and Choices

13 Jul 2010 - 00:00 to 14 Jul 2010 - 00:00

Chatham House, London

Europe Programme

This two-day conference is built on the findings of the Chatham House project on 'Rethinking the UK's International Ambitions and Choices'. The project is assessing the UK's international priorities and the policy choices it faces in matching its ambitions, interests and resources, providing the context in which the UK government can make informed decisions about its international policies and resource investments.

  • Where does the UK fit in the changing world?
  • What is the place of the transatlantic alliance in a G20 world?
  • Can the UK economy remain in the top tier?
  • Can the UK continue its role as a thought-leader in a variety of areas of international governance, especially amid fiscal and political constraints?
  • What are the key defence choices for the new government?
  • What is the impact of the UK's multicultural society and values on its foreign policy?
  • How can the UK achieve international influence in order to accomplish its international priorities?

A range of experts from the policy community, parliament, government and the business and financial arena will come together to review the UK's international options and assess the impact of changing dynamics of global power and influence on UK foreign policy.

 

 

  • HE Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah

    • Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs
  • The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP

    • Secretary of State for Defence
  • R Nicholas Burns

    • Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics
  • The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP

    • Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
  • Matthew d’Ancona

    • Political Columnist
  • Simon Anholt

    • Independent Policy Adviser
  • John Ashton

    • Special Representative for Climate Change
  • Dr Paul Cornish

    • Carrington Chair in International Security and
  • Sir Jon Cunliffe

    • Prime Minister's Adviser on Europe and Global Issues
  • Alex Evans

    • Non-Resident Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University
  • Danny Gabay

    • Director
  • Timothy Garton Ash

    • Professor of European Studies
  • Nik Gowing

    • Main Presenter
  • Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG

    • Director
  • Professor Christopher Hill

    • Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations
  • Bridget Kendall

    • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • Dr Gerard Lyons

    • Chief Economist and Group Head of Global Research
  • Lord Malloch-Brown KCMG

    • Vice Chairman
  • Nick Mabey

    • Chief Executive and Founding Director
  • Professor Anand Menon

    • Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham and
  • Dr Robin Niblett

    • Director, Chatham House
  • Sir David Omand GCB

    • Visiting Professor
  • Dr Patrick Porter

    • Defence Studies Department
  • The Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

    • President
  • Vanessa Rossi

    • Senior Research Fellow, International Economics Programme, Chatham House
  • Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE

    • Global Head of Citizenship and Diversity
  • Dr Danny Sriskandarajah

    • Director
  • Philip Stephens

    • Associate Editor and Chief Political Commentator
  • David Steven

    • Non-Resident Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University
  • Dr Camilla Toulmin

    • Director
  • Polly Toynbee

    • Columnist
  • Kitty Ussher

    • Chief Economist
  • Anthony Wells

    • Associate Director
  • Ngaire Woods

    • Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme
  • Philip D Zelikow

    • White Burkett Miller Professor of History, University of Virginia and

Press can request a press pass using the form below.

 

DAY ONE
Tuesday 13 July 2010

Session One
The UK in a Changing World

09.30 - 11.10

  • How might global political, economic and military power evolve up to 2030?
  • Where does the UK fit in this changing world?
  • What do other countries expect from the UK today?
  • What impact will the 'rise of the rest' (the BRICs and others) have on the UK's international role, position and standing?
  • What should be the guiding principles of the UK's approach to its international policy?

Chair and Moderator
Nik Gowing
Main Presenter
BBC World News

09.35
Opening Address
Dr Robin Niblett
Director
Chatham House

09.50
HE Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah
Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Oman

10.05
Lord Malloch-Brown KCMG
Vice Chairman
World Economic Forum

10.20
Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG
Director
The Ditchley Foundation

10.35 Questions and open discussion

11.10 Refreshments

Session Two
The UK in the Global Economy: Still in the top tier?

11.40 - 13.00

  • Can the UK economy remain in the top tier? How has the financial crisis affected the UK's place in the global economy?
  • To what extent is a dynamic UK economy crucial to its international role and credibility?
  • Will the principles of the open economic model survive?
  • How can the UK punch its weight in a multipolar global economy?
  • What competitive strengths does the UK offer to the global economy (eg education, business and financial services, high technology)?

Chair and Moderator
Vanessa Rossi
Senior Research Fellow, International Economics Programme
Chatham House

Discussants
Kitty Ussher
Chief Economist
Demos

Dr Gerard Lyons
Chief Economist and Group Head of Global Research
Standard Chartered Bank

Danny Gabay
Director
Fathom Financial Consulting

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Keynote Address

Chair
Dr Paul Cornish
Carrington Chair in International Security and
Head, International Security Programme, Chatham House

Speaker
The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP
Secretary of State for Defence, UK

Session Three
The UK, US and Europe: Transatlantic Relations and Choices

14.30 - 15.50

  • How central does the UK remain to US strategic priorities? Can it continue to provide global leadership?
  • Can Europe be a strategic player on the world stage? How does it support the UK's international interests?
  • What is the place of the transatlantic alliance in an emerging G20 world?
  • What are the consequences of these developments for UK foreign policy choices?

Chair and Overview
Professor Anand Menon
Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham and
Author, The UK, The United States and Europe

Discussants
Philip D Zelikow
White Burkett Miller Professor of History, University of Virginia and
Former Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission

Timothy Garton Ash
Professor of European Studies
Oxford University

15.50 Refreshments

Session Four
The UK as a Global 'Thought Leader'

16.10 - 17.30

  • Can the UK continue its role as a thought-leader in a variety of areas of global governance, especially in an increasingly competitive international order and amid fiscal constraints?
  • Has the attempt at thought-leadership, in climate change and development, for example, been of benefit to the UK?
  • What new ideas might the UK promote internationally?
  • How can the UK leverage its soft power assets to promote its interests and vision?

Chair and Moderator
Alex Evans
Non-Resident Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University;
Author, Organizing for Influence: UK Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty

Discussants
Ngaire Woods
Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford

Simon Anholt
Independent Policy Adviser

Nick Mabey
Chief Executive and Founding Director
E3G

Dr Camilla Toulmin
Director
International Institute for Environment and Development

John Ashton
Special Representative for Climate Change
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

17.30 End of Day One and drinks reception

DAY TWO
Wednesday 14 July 2010

Chair
Dr Robin Niblett
Director, Chatham House

09.30 Keynote Address
R Nicholas Burns
Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics
Harvard Kennedy School

Session Five
Options for Security and Defence Policy

10.00 - 11.30

  • What are the key security risks is the UK facing?
  • How will the changing nature of global alliances and the balance of power affect the UK's priorities?
  • How can the UK strike the right balance between current priorities, such as Afghanistan, and future potential threats?
  • How will budgetary realities affect the UK's future security and defence investments?
  • What are the key choices the new government should make in the near future, eg relating Trident, ground, naval and air forces?

10.00 Chair and Overview
Dr Paul Cornish
Carrington Chair in International Security and
Head, International Security Programme, Chatham House

10.15
Discussants
The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, UK

Sir David Omand GCB
Visiting Professor
King's College London

Philip Stephens
Associate Editor and Chief Political Commentator
Financial Times

Dr Patrick Porter
Defence Studies Department
King's College London

11.30 Refreshments

Session Six
A Changing Britain

11.50 - 13.10

  • What is the impact of a changing Britain on its foreign policy?
  • What does it mean to be British in today's world?
  • Does the UK promote a set of values in its foreign policy?
  • Does the UK have a foreign policy narrative?
  • What impact does UK domestic public opinion have on UK foreign policy?

Chair and Moderator
Matthew d'Ancona
Political Columnist
The Sunday Telegraph and Evening Standard

Discussants
Dr Danny Sriskandarajah
Director
Royal Commonwealth Society

Professor Christopher Hill
Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations
Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
Global Head of Citizenship and Diversity
KPMG

Anthony Wells
Associate Director
YouGov

Polly Toynbee
Columnist
The Guardian

13.10 Lunch

Session Seven - Interactive Audience Discussion
The UK's International Ambitions, Priorities and Choices

14.10 - 15.40

  • What should be the UK's primary international ambitions and priorities during the next decade?
  • What are the key organizational and budgetary steps the UK should make in the coming years to upgrade its international role?
  • How should the UK balance its international deployments, whether diplomatic, military or development?
  • How can the UK retain influence through international institutions, including the UN, NATO, G20, IMF, World Bank and the Commonwealth?
  • How should the UK think about other means of influence, including its aspects of soft power (education, BBC, British Council, NGOs)?

Chair and Moderator
Bridget Kendall
Diplomatic Correspondent
BBC

14.10 Overview Address
The Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
President
Chatham House

14.30
Discussants
Sir Jon Cunliffe
Prime Minister's Adviser on Europe and Global Issues
Cabinet Office

R Nicholas Burns
Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics
Harvard Kennedy School

David Steven
Non-Resident Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University;
Author, Organizing for Influence: UK Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty

15.40 Concluding Remarks
Dr Robin Niblett

15.50 End of conference


© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2010

Event documents

Conference Report, Session 1: The UK in a Changing World
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Conference Report, Session 2: The UK in the Global Economy - Still in the Top Tier?
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Conference Report, Session 3: The UK, US and Europe: Transatlantic Relations and Choices
pdf | 265.49 KB
Conference Report, Session 4: The UK as a Global ‘Thought Leader'
pdf | 187.19 KB
Conference Report, Session 5: Options for Security and Defence Policy
pdf | 284.97 KB
Conference Report, Session 6: A Changing Britain
pdf | 208.47 KB
Conference Report, Session 7: The UK’s International Ambitions, Priorities and Choices
pdf | 238.63 KB
Transcript: Deterrence in the 21st Century, speech by Dr Liam Fox
pdf | 90.11 KB