Founder & Chairman of IMAN Foundation, Ribal Al-Assad, gave a fascinating overview covering the last few years to promote dialogue, challenge extremism and bring change to the Middle East and North Africa in particular.
Emphasizing the importance of soft power in the digital age, Lord Howell eloquently argued against the restrictions posed by traditional barriers and for the dynamism which Commonwealth linkages offer. He described the Commonwealth as a 'bottom up organisation'.
The Annual Summer Diplomatic party was organised by the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council and took place in the Attlee Room of the House of Lords. It enabled the socialising that fosters understanding both between government officials and in the longer term between the nations they represent.