A global force for good? How the UK’s values could advance our interests


This event, hosted by UK think tank BFPG will explore how Britain should seek to achieve its stated ambition to advance democracy worldwide.

The British Foreign Policy Group and Westminster Foundation for Democracy are delighted to host a lively panel discussion on how the Global Britain project can best merge the promotion of democratic values with our geo-strategic interests.

On the eve of the publication of the Integrated Review of the UK’s Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, this event will explore how Britain should seek to achieve its stated ambition to advance democracy worldwide. In particular, how to approach the task of building meaningful cooperation amongst allies old and new, to counter the rise of authoritarian states and their diplomatic power.

Panellists will discuss how best to strike the right balance, when the UK’s economic, security, diplomatic and development objectives may come into competition in a changing world – and whether initiatives such as the D10 could help to add muscle to the voice of liberalism, providing a meaningful new avenue for the UK’s global leadership.

Panellists:

Lord Peter Ricketts is a crossbench peer who spent over 40 years as a British diplomat before retiring in 2016.

• Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

• Anthony Smith is the CEO of Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).

• Sophia Gaston (Chair is Director of the British Foreign Policy Group.

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