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Date and Location

May 18, 2021
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM EST



​Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship for a conversation with Lord Peter Ricketts, former Fisher Family Fellow (2018-19), UK Ambassador to France (2012-2016), and UK National Security Adviser (2010-2012), on his new book Hard Choices: What Britain Does Next about the difficult decisions facing all Western countries - and Britain in particular - as they adapt to a more complex and fractured international order. Faculty Chair Nicholas Burns will moderate this discussion.Lord Peter Ricketts was a Fisher Family Fellow (in residence in April 2018) and a life peer in the House of Lords in the United Kingdom. Lord Peter has spent 40 years as a member of the Diplomatic Service. His final post was Ambassador in Paris (2012-2016). Before that he was the UK’s first National Security Adviser (2010-2012), and in that role was the coordinator of the 2010 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review. He was Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Head of the Diplomatic Service (2006-2010). In addition, he worked in senior roles on politico-military issues and crisis management, including spells as the FCO Political Director (2001-2003) and Permanent Representative to NATO (2003-2006). He is a cross-bench (non-political) member of the House of Lords, and a Visiting Professor at King's College London. He continues to be heavily involved in public policy with an emphasis on foreign policy, security and defence.

Speakers and Presenters

​Lord Peter Ricketts; Nicholas Burns


Additional Organizers

​Future of Diplomacy Project; Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship