07 Jun 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 event is invitation-only however if you would like to register your interest in attending, please email email@example.com .