13 Dec BFPG EVENT: Global Heritage, Global Ambitions- Scotland’s International Relations
“Global Heritage, Global Ambitions: Scotland’s International Relations”
Friday 26th January 2018, 12:30- 16:30, The McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh
The British Foreign Policy Group is co-hosting the event, “Global Heritage, Global Ambitions: Scotland’s International Relations” with the University of Edinburgh on Friday 26th January 2018. This event is part of the BFPG’s National Engagement Programme, a nationwide series of events which aim to generate greater public discussion about the UK’s international position and choices. This event will be held in association with the Asia-Scotland Institute, and the University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science’s Centre for Security Research.
Scotland is playing an ever more important role in the UK’s international relations, and this event will bring a panel of speakers from across the UK together with a diverse audience to discuss what this means for UK foreign policy as well as Scotland’s distinct foreign policy concerns.
Confirmed Speakers include:
Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary
Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for International Development and Europe
Lord Des Browne, Former Secretary of State for Defence and for Scotland
Sofia Cogliano, BFPG Student Ambassador, Student at the University of Edinburgh
Tim Allan, President, Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Caroline Wilson CMG, Director Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lyndsey Jackson, Director of Operations, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
Graham Caie, Vice President at The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Kurt Mills, Professor of International Relations and Human Rights, University of Dundee
Tom Cargill, Executive Director, British Foreign Policy Group
Dr Andrew Neal, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh
Peter Budd, Director, Arup
Professor James Smith, Vice-Principal International, University of Edinburgh
12:30-13.00 Networking and Lunch
13.00-13.15 Opening remarks
13.15-14.45 First Panel Session
This session will feature political figures from across the UK discussing some of the key aspects of Scotland’s role in UK foreign policy, why it matters to us all, and why listening to the international perspectives and concerns of people in Scotland is ever more important to developing a sustainable and coherent UK foreign policy.
14.45-15.00 Refreshments break
15.00-16.30 Second Panel Session
The second session will provide a platform for more in depth discussions on particular foreign policy issues of concern in Scotland and how to build a deeper and a more influential Scottish foreign policy community.
- Chair: Dr Andrew Neal, Director, Centre for Security Research, University of Edinburgh
16.30 End of event
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BFPG’s National Engagement Programme
The aim of this programme is to generate greater public discussion about the UK’s international position and choices. Through this process, the BFPG also intends to address growing public distrust and cynicism around UK foreign policy and our capacity to address critical international challenges.
The programme will consist of a series of events and activities across all of the UK designed to provoke discussion and interest amongst different groups on key foreign policy issues. By doing so it will enable UK citizens to better draw a connection between UK foreign policy decisions and their own lives and wellbeing. The project will also seek to help people across the UK appreciate that they have a voice and role to play in UK foreign policy decision making, along with a recognition of the consequences, both at home and abroad, of the decisions made in their name. The project will build a series of networks across the UK of citizens actively engaged on foreign policy issues, making their voices heard at local and national level with regards to how UK foreign policy choices impact the world, our country and their own communities.
The BFPG aims to provide the spark for active and positive engagement as well as the support and encouragement for this engagement to be continued.