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This paper reflects the views of its signatories listed below and not the institutions to which we belong. It arose from our shared concern about the risk of Britain disengaging from its role as a contributor to international prosperity and security, and our awareness that international and domestic perceptions of that disengagement were damaging Britain’s reputation.
The group met on two separate occasions – once at Chatham House in London in June 2015 and once at Ditchley Park in July 2015 – to discuss the basis for these perceptions and assess what steps the British government could undertake to address them. The paper acknowledges the fact that the ongoing Strategic Defence and Security Review provides a good opportunity for the UK government to think about the country’s future international role and responsibilities, and the resources that must be committed to make these real.
Members of the Working Group
Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Royal United Services Institute
Professor Paul Cornish, RAND Europe
Dr Jonathan Eyal, Royal United Services Institute
Sir John Grant, Former UK Permanent Representative to the EU
Sir John Holmes, Ditchley Foundation
Laura Kyrke-Smith Portland
Mark Leonard, European Council on Foreign Relations
Dame Mariot Leslie, Former UK Permanent Representative to NATO
Dr Patricia Lewis, Chatham House
Sir Roderic Lyne, Former UK Ambassador to Russia
Sir David Manning, Former UK Ambassador to the United States
Dame Rosalind Marsden, Former EU Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan
Dr Robin Niblett, Chatham House
Dr Tim Oliver, London School of Economics
Thomas Raines, Chatham House (Rapporteur)
Philip Stephens, Financial Times
Lord Wallace of Saltaire, Former Government Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs in the House of Lords
Lord Williams of Baglan, Former UN Under-Secretary General, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon
Nick Witney, European Council on Foreign Relations