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British Foreign Policy: challenges facing the next prime minister

LSE hosts a public debate marking the launch of a new book, British Diplomacy: Foreign Secretaries Reflect, on Monday 30 April.

The debate panel, chaired by Professor Christopher Hill, University of Cambridge, will comprise:

  • Lord Howe, foreign secretary under Margaret Thatcher
  • Lord Hurd, secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs under Mrs Thatcher and John Major
  • Dr Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House
  • Lord Owen, foreign secretary under James Callaghan
  • Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times
  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, defence and foreign secretary under John Major

Each speaker will examine the foreign policy challenges that Britain and the next prime minister face and will discuss how best to address these. Questions are likely to include:

  • Should Britain look to review its relationship with the US as the presidency of George Bush comes to an end?
  • What role should Britain play in Europe?
  • How should Britain move forward in Iraq and the wider Middle East?
  • Does UK foreign policy need a 'complete renaissance' to tackle 'Reactionary Islam' as called for by Blair in one of his recent major foreign policy speeches?

The new book, British Diplomacy: Foreign Secretaries Reflect, edited by Graham Ziegner (Politico's, March 2007), includes contributions from four of these five debate speakers.

British Foreign Policy: challenges facing the next prime minister is on Monday 30 April from 6-7.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required.

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To request a ticket, please contact Nadia Awad, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email pressoffice@lse.ac.uk|

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