Tuesday 5th October | 14.00-15.00
The United Kingdom’s exit from the EU created the need for a wider reconsideration of British foreign policy. This panel will discuss the UK’s global role and the wide-ranging interests, from its now lively trade diplomacy to Britain’s new frontiers in the Indo-Pacific and its investments in cyber and space that its foreign policy must advance.
Dr. Ted R Bromund (Chair) | studies and writes on Anglo-American relations, U.S. and British relations with Europe and the European Union, America’s leadership role in the world, and international organizations and treaties as senior research fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. Bromund, who joined Heritage in 2008, previously served nine years as associate director of International Security Studies at Yale University, a center dedicated to the study and teaching of diplomatic history and grand strategy. In 2013, Bromund was recognized by the Second Amendment Foundation as its Scholar of the Year for his analysis of the Arms Trade Treaty. In 2016, he received the Foundation’s Global Leadership Award. In the same year, he received Heritage’s Joseph Shattan Award in recognition of the quality of his writing.
The Hon. Alexander Downer AC | is an Australian Politician and Diplomat. He served as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 2007 and as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2014 to 2018.
Sophia Gaston | is the Director of the British Foreign Policy Group. She is a social and political researcher specialising in public opinion. Her research particularly explores threats to governance in advanced liberal democracies, including – populism, nationalism, cultural insecurity, nostalgia and the rise of anti-establishment movements. Through the British Foreign Policy Group, she works to bridge the domestic and international spheres, to reinvigorate the UK’s international relationships, and to secure the future of the liberal world order. Her recent projects have focused on bringing together the Levelling Up and Global Britain agendas, resetting UK-China relations, and building public consent for an active UK foreign policy. Sophia is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an Academic Fellow at the European Policy Centre in Brussels.
Andrew Rosindell MP | has been MP for Romford since 2001. Andrew is the longest-standing member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and is known as one of Westminster’s “most patriotic” MPs. Andrew is part of the small group of Conservative ‘Spartans’, who voted against Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement each time it was put before the House.