Finding Britain’s role in a changing world: defining the values the UK should stand for and protecting its ability to defend them


This event, hosted by UK think tank the Foreign Policy Centre will discuss Britain’s role in a changing world.

This public zoom event is part of the Foreign Policy Centre’s ongoing Finding Britain’s role in a changing world project responding to the UK’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. It will comprise a short keynote speech from Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, expert responses and an audience Q&A session.

The event will take stock of the deliberations around the Government’s Integrated Review, with an emphasis on issues raised by the FPC’s project so far through its ‘Finding Britain’s Role in a changing world’ publications: ‘The Principles of Global Britain’ and ‘Protecting the UK’s ability to defend its values’. The discussion will address the state of political situations around the world that the UK foreign and security policy will need to respond to (with a focus on rising authoritarianism and pressures on liberal democracy and multilateral institutions). It will examine how to define and decide on the principles and values that should underpin UK Foreign Policy, including how to involve the British public in the process of deciding on them. It will also discuss how those values should be best incorporated into the policy making process. The event will then explore how the UK’s existing successes in the promotion of its values can be protected and built on, deliberate how to best ensure the merged FCDO is made a success, and examine the importance of protecting the UK’s soft power.

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