The Margaret Thatcher Conference is the flagship annual event for the Centre for Policy Studies. Held in association with the City of London, the event attracts Nobel Laureates (including, most recently, Dr Henry Kissinger), Pulitzer Prize winners, members of the British Government, and leading statesmen and women from across the world.
This year, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Lady Thatcher’s arrival in Downing Street, we are examining a relationship that is as central today as it was then – between Britain and America.
The relationship between London and Washington has been the central axis of UK foreign policy for decades - and was at the heart of Thatcher’s thinking. But a new age brings new challenges.
In an atmosphere of turbulence on both sides of the Atlantic, what is the state of the political, economic and diplomatic ties between our countries? And how can they be strengthened further?
Robert Wood Johnson
Rt Hon Liam Fox
Rt Hon George Osborne
Dr Andy Palmer
Prof. Niall Ferguson
John Glen MP
Dr Ryan Streeter
Dr Karin von Hippel
Dr Judy Shelton
Joseph C. Sternberg
The conference will be followed by a private dinner at the Guildhall addressed by a senior cabinet minister.
For more information about the dinner, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Callum Price, Head of External Relations, on [email protected] or call 07796 565754.
Please see the agenda below for the running times and order of the day.
1200 – Registration
1230 – Introduction
Lord Maurice Saatchi, Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies
Catherine McGuinness, Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation
1250 – Opening Keynote
The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade
1330 – The Future of the Defence and Security Relationship
Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute
The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, former Secretary of State for Defence
Deborah Haynes, Foreign Affairs Editor at Sky News
Richard Daniel, Chief Executive and Managing Director at Raytheon
1430 – Coffee Break
1450 – The Anglo-Saxon Model: In Need of Repair?
Megan McArdle, Columnist for The Washington Post
Dr Ryan Streeter, Director of Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute
Anne Applebaum, Author, Washington Post Columnist, and Professor of Practice at the Institute of Global Affairs
Allister Heath, Editor of the Sunday Telegraph
1550 – Coffee Break
1610 – Let’s Make a Deal: The Future of UK-US Trade
John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury & City Minister
Dr Judy Shelton, United States Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Dr Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda
Joseph Sternberg, Columnist for The Wall Street Journal
1720 – In Conversation…
Prof Niall Ferguson, Author and Historian
The Rt Hon George Osborne, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Editor of The Evening Standard
1810 – Closing Keynote
Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson, US Ambassador to the UK
1830 – End