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Lord Carrington, British foreign secretary from May 1979 to April 1982, will visit the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to speak on British diplomacy on Thursday 16 October.

The second in a series of former foreign secretaries to speak at LSE over the next couple of months, Lord Carrington will speak on The Continuing Problems as part of a lecture series on Developments of British Diplomacy: foreign secretaries reflect. The lecture will shed light on the challenges faced during Lord Carrington's time in office and provide a personal account of how these were tackled.

Lord Carrington was appointed secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs in May 1979 and was chairman of the Lancaster House Conference, which led to the solution of the Rhodesian problem and the creation of the independent Republic of Zimbabwe in 1981. He resigned in 1982 at the time of the Falklands crisis. After serving as British foreign secretary, Lord Carrington became secretary-general of NATO (1984-1988).

Professor Lord Wallace will chair the event.

The Continuing Problems is on Thursday 16 October at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To reserve a press ticket, contact Jessica Winterstein on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk|


The series Developments of British Diplomacy: foreign secretaries reflect will focus on developments of British diplomacy and will span three decades from the 1970s to the end of the century. Major events will be discussed, including Britain's membership of the European Union, the Falklands War and the proliferation of international terrorism.

The series continues with:

  • 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

Lord Owen was the first speaker in the series, talking on The Ever Growing Dominance of No 10 in British Diplomacy since 5 April 1982 on Wednesday 8 October at LSE.

Press coverage

FT Weekend Magazine
The Preacher - Lord Carrington
The cold war statesman reflects on Rhodesia, rule Britannia and that invasion. Toby Moore gains insight into policing the world. Reference to public lecture held at LSE by Lord Peter Carrington.

9 October 2003