Global ambitions are focus of forum

The future of Scotland’s international relations will be discussed at a University event on Friday 26 January.

The University will co-host ‘Global Heritage, Global Ambitions: Scotland’s International Relations’ with the British Foreign Policy Group.

This event is part of the BFPG’s national engagement programme. The series of events aims to generate public discussion about the UK’s international position and choices.

The event is held in association with the Asia-Scotland Institute and the Centre for Security Research, based in the University’s School of Social and Political Science.

Range of speakers

A panel of speakers and a diverse audience will discuss Scotland’s role in the UK’s international relations and what this means for foreign policy.

Political speakers include Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for International Development and Europe. Lord Des Browne, former Secretary of State for Defence and Scotland will also take part.  

Addressing the event are Tom Cargill, Executive Director at the British Foreign Policy Group and Dr Andrew Neal, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Edinburgh.

Kurt Mills, Professor of International Relations at the University of Dundee and Edinburgh student and BFPG Student Ambassador Sofia Cogliano will also speak.

Representatives from the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh will attend.

The event will take place at the University’s McEwan Hall from 12:30pm - 4:30pm.

For the event schedule and registration of interest, visit the British Foreign Policy Group website.


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