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 Instituteand 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

To register your interest in attending this event, please email


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.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the views of the BFPG. The BFPG is an independent not for profit organisation that encourages constructive, informed and considered opinions without taking an institutional position on any issue.
Alice Campbell

Alice Campbell is a Researcher at the British Foreign Policy Group. She is a recent graduate from the University of London Institute in Paris where she studied French and History. After graduating from university, Alice worked for a Paris based tech start-up, working in Communications and Community Management. She has lived in The Gambia, France and the UK and is fluent in French.