In conversation with...

Professor Amelia Hadfield

'Britain Rues the Waves? UK Foreign and Security Policy Post-Brexit'

With Paul Adamson (Chair) and Ian Bond (Discussant)

21 November 2019, 17.30

Brussels School of International Studies (University of Kent)


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Event Description

The eventual departure of the UK from the EU represents a watershed moment in UK foreign affairs.

It will require a major shift in its diplomatic assumptions with other states and regions, a recalibration of its own interests, and an overhaul of its own identity. Unfortunately, the sheer amount of energy dedicated to these major issues has been badly dissipated by internal divisions in concluding the UK’s first phase of negotiations with the EU. At this point, much remains ambiguous in defining both the UK’s preferences as a third-party state in relation to the EU, and its international roles and goals in terms of international organizations, regions and global themes.

Interrogating what ‘Global Britain’ means in foreign policy terms, Professor Amelia Hadfield explores what Britain could lose vs. gain in diplomatic terms as a result of Brexit, whether Brexit has effectively already taken place in key international organizations, and determining the UK’s current and future positions regionally and internationally.

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17:30 Ian Bond in conversation with Amelia Hadfield (Chair: Paul Adamson)

18:20 Questions and contributions from the floor

18:50 Concluding Remarks

19:00-19:30 Drinks Reception


Amelia Hadfield

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Prof. Hadfield joined the University of Surrey in January 2019 as Head of the Department of Politics, and Chair in European and International Affairs. Previously she worked as Director of the Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Canterbury Christ Church Uni (2013-2018), after positions in Brussels at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the Institute for European Studies, where she directed the Euromaster degree, as well as the Educational Development (EDU). Amelia is a long-standing Jean Monnet Chair in European Foreign Affairs, researching, teaching, consulting & postgrad supervising on EU foreign policy, EU-UK relations. Her areas of expertise include Common Security and Defence Policy, EU-Russia Energy Relations, EU Neighbourhood Policy, EU Development policy (with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa), EU relations with the US and Canada, Arctic & northern governance issues, and European energy governance. Additional areas of interest include foreign policy analysis, international and diplomatic history, the role of sovereignty in political history, International Relations theory, international political economy, public policy analysis, the Commonwealth and EU education policy. Amelia is regularly called upon as a guest speaker, external supervisor, research partner, consultant and media pundit on areas of EU foreign affairs, and of late, EU-UK relations. 

Paul Adamson

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Paul Adamson is chairman of Forum Europe and Forum Global and founder of Encompass (previously E!Sharp), an online magazine and discussion space dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world.

Paul is a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board and Rand Europe's Council of Advisors. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College London and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Britain and Europe at the University of Surrey. He is a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union” and in 2016 he was made a Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite by the French government.

Ian Bond

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Ian Bond joined the Centre for European Reform as director of foreign policy in April 2013. Prior to that, he was a member of the British diplomatic service for 28 years.

His most recent appointment was as political counsellor and joint head of the foreign and security policy group in the British Embassy, Washington (2007-12), where he focused on US foreign policy towards Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa. He was British Ambassador to Latvia from 2005-07, receiving a CVO (Commander of the Royal Victorian Order) for his work on the Queen’s state visit in 2006.

He was posted in Vienna as deputy head of the UK delegation to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) from 2000-04, working on human rights and democracy in the OSCE area, and on conflict prevention and resolution in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union. His earlier career included postings in Moscow (1993-96) and at NATO HQ (1987-90), and working in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the former Soviet Union, on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy and on NATO and UK defence policy.

Ian holds an MA in classics from Oxford University.