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Developments of British Diplomacy: foreign secretaries reflect

Lord Owen, Lord Carrington, Lord Howe, Lord Hurd and Sir Malcolm Rifkind - five past British foreign secretaries - will be speaking at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as part of the lecture series Developments of British Diplomacy: foreign secretaries reflect

The lectures will provide a unique insight into the thoughts and actions of the holders of one of the most difficult posts within the British government. Each lecture, by a past foreign secretary, will shed light on the challenges faced during their time in office and provide a personal account of how these were tackled.

Lord Owen, foreign secretary from February 1977 to May 1979, will be speaking at LSE on Wednesday 8 October about The Ever Growing Dominance of No 10 in British Diplomacy since 5 April 1982. 

The series will cover three decades from the 1970s to the 1990s, a period which included major events such as Britain's membership of the European Union and the continuing debate over her role in Europe; the Falklands War; the end of the Cold War and the break up of the Soviet Union; the first Gulf War; conflict in the Balkans; and the proliferation of international terrorism. At a time of immense upheaval within the international community this series will provide an exciting overview of how the many challenges to British diplomacy have been addressed in the past and what lessons current policy makers can learn.

  • Lord Owen, foreign secretary from February 1977 to May 1979: The Ever Growing Dominance of No 10 in British Diplomacy since 5 April 1982. Wednesday 8 October. 6.30pm. Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
  • Lord Carrington, foreign secretary from May 1979 to April 1982: The Continuing Problems. Thursday 16 October. 6.30pm. Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
  • Lord Howe, foreign secretary from June 1983 to July 1989: Problems Left Over By History. Tuesday 21 October. 6.30pm. Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
  • Lord Hurd, foreign secretary from October 1989 to July 1995: The Politics of Intervention: from the Gulf War via Bosnia and Kosovo to Iraq. Tuesday 11 November. 6.30pm. Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind, foreign secretary from July 1995 to May 1997: UK-USA: the special relationship - is it special? Tuesday 18 November. 6.30pm. Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

These events are free and open to all with no ticket required. For more information, contact Conferences on 020 7955 6043 or visit www.lse.ac.uk/events| 

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To reserve a press seat for these events, contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

18 September 2003

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