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Former foreign secretary Lord Owen to speak at LSE

Lord Owen, former British foreign secretary, will give a personal perspective on British diplomacy on Wednesday 8 October at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The first in a series of former foreign secretaries to speak at LSE over the next couple of months, Lord Owen will focus on The Ever Growing Dominance of No 10 in British Diplomacy since 5 April 1982.

Photograph of Lord OwenLord Owen was British foreign secretary from February 1977 to May 1979, and was a founding member and former leader of the Social Democratic Party. He also served as EU co chairman of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia, 1992-1995.

The series, Developments of British Diplomacy: foreign secretaries reflect, 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 will shed light on the challenges faced during their time in office and provide a personal account of how these were tackled.

Professor Margot Light, Department of International Relations at LSE, will chair this event.

The Ever Growing Dominance of No 10 in British Diplomacy since 5 April 1982 is on Wednesday 8 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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Notes:

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 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

2 October 2003

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