Launch Event: 'Running Out Of Credit? The Decline of the Foreign Office and the Case for Sustained Funding'

Launch Event: ‘Running Out Of Credit? The Decline of the Foreign Office and the Case for Sustained Funding’

On 18th June 2019 at 12.30pm, the BFPG will launch a new report: ‘Running out of credit? The decline of the Foreign Office and the case for sustained funding. Written by BFPG Associate Sam Goodman, the report provides an academically rigorous public document supporting an informed discussion on the choices facing the UK regarding FCO funding policy.

The sets out the trajectory and impact of cuts to the FCO budget back to 1973, arguing that the FCO is a shadow of its former self, and emphasises the need for an adequately funded new foreign policy strategy in post-Brexit Britain.

The panel will discuss the challenges faced by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office today, as well as explore what an ambitious ‘Global Britain’ foreign policy strategy might look like. The speakers of the event will include:

  • Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee;
  • Hilary Benn MP, Chair of the Exiting the European Union Committee, Former International Development Secretary (2003-2007);
  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Former Foreign Secretary (1995-97);
  • Dame Margaret Beckett MP, Former Foreign Secretary (2006-07);
  • Sir Simon Fraser, Permanent Under-Secretary, FCO (2010-15)
  • Sam Goodman, report author.
  • Chair: Theo Clarke, CEO, Coalition for Global Prosperity
The launch of this report is kindly sponsored by the Coalition for Global Prosperity.

The event is invitation-only however if you would like to register your interest in attending, please email edward.elliott@bfpg.co.uk .

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.
Launch Event: 'Running Out Of Credit? The Decline of the Foreign Office and the Case for Sustained Funding'
Sofia Cogliano
sofia.cogliano@bfpg.org.uk

Sofia Cogliano is a Researcher at the British Foreign Policy Group. Sofia graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a joint honours degree in International Relations & Law. While at Edinburgh, she was also a BFPG Student Ambassador. She is currently working toward a Masters in Global Political Economy at Stockholm University.