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Britain and the Making of Argentina

Gordon Bridger was born and brought up in Argentina , 3rd and 4th generation British. Trained as an economist at the London School of Economics, and Manchester University. Served as an economist in Federation of Rhodesia and Nysaland then with the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America before joining the Ministry of Overseas Development as a Senior Economic Adviser and subsequently Economics Director of country programmes. Author of How I Failed to Save the World and Britain and the Making of Argentina.

Israeli Diplomat and Bedouin

Born into a poor, traditional Bedouin village in northern Israel, Ishmael Khaldi grew to become Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat. In this short book, he tells a remarkable story of transformation, from his modest village roots to his triumph as a diplomat and voice of reason in the Middle East. His road has not been an easy one. From his early days as a sheep herder, to his schoolboy "fights" with Arab kids [fellahin= farmers], his terrifying first forays into the mysterious New York subway system, and his later remarkable friendships with secular and religious Jews and Muslims on two continents, Ishmael’s life has been full of adventure and pathos, humour and love. This is a story that will inspire, educate, and charm, told with authenticity and passion, as only a Bedouin can tell it!

Taiwan Representative

From Hong Kong Handover to Diaoyutai Islands Dispute: East Asian relations based on Taiwan’s Diplomatic Archives.

Rt Hon William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary

CFCC Patron, Rt Hon William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary, was welcomed at the British Academy on 16 October 2012 to address a distinguished audience of academics, ambassadors and FCO members of staff on the vision of Britain’s diplomatic tradecraft in the 21st century

Ambassador of The Philippines

It is truly a distinct pleasure to join you this evening. I would like to thank the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council (CFCC), especially Chairman Sir Ronald Halstead, for giving me this opportunity to share with you the latest developments in the Philippines and how we see ourselves and our role in our region and the global community of nations.

Ambassador of Denmark

Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. It’s a real pleasure to meet you all. I have been to this grand old parliament on many occasions, but it’s always a great honour to be invited to speak here, as it is a great joy to be in the UK altogether. It has been a special privilege to be in London this year to see the grand spectacle of the Olympics. Rarely have I seen a city so wholeheartedly embrace a sporting event and rally behind their athletes. As a small country, Denmark couldn’t quite compete with the astonishing British medal tally, but we were still proud to take home 9 medals at the Olympics and 5 at the Paralympics.

Iman Foundation Chairman

Syria: a pawn in two gamesGood evening.
I would like to thank you for the very kind invitation.
It is a real honour to have this opportunity to speak to you all.

Ambassador of Belgium

HE Mr Johan Verbeke gave an excellent talk encompassing bilateral and multilateral foreign relations including the European Union, as well as a more wide-ranging view about the success of Belgium in world affairs.