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Nov 26
18:30 - 20:15
The Canterbury Lecture - 'The World After Brexit'
20 Years in Europe
20 Years in Europe

Britain and the EU will have to deal with a world in which the post-war international order is eroding. Countries like China and Russia are pushing back against the constraints imposed by the UN and increasingly pursuing their own spheres of influence. President Trump is pulling the US back from multilateral commitments and in the process weakening confidence in NATO. The EU will have to choose whether it is serious about becoming a global political power or whether it will in practice settle for a less ambitious approach, concentrating on its internal issues and its neighbourhood. 

Britain faces a particular dilemma. Since the 1940s, her strategy has been to be both the closest ally of the US and a leading European power. Now both legs are looking more uncertain. The US is preoccupied with China, and while Britain is leaving the EU, it has vital interests in continuing close cooperation with its European neighbours in the fight against terrorism and crime, and finds itself agreeing much more with the EU than with the US on all the most important international issues, from trade disputes to climate change and Iran. The lecture will demonstrate the need for the UK to work closely with our continental neighbours after Brexit and increase the importance of the University's position as the UK's European University. 

Lord Ricketts previously worked with David Cameron in Downing Street and his career has involved him in the handling of many international crises and the coordination of policy in the foreign affairs, defence and security fields. In 2010, the Prime Minister asked him to become the British Government's first National Security Adviser.

He is an Honorary Graduate of the University of Kent, and was a regular visitor to the University's Paris centre during his time as British Ambassador to France.

No booking necessary, seating on a first-come, first-served basis.


Darwin Conference Suite,
Darwin College,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to all,

Free to attend

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