This year has brought no shortage of challenges to the contemporary global order. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, the threat of a nuclear Iran and global macroeconomic uncertainty have all demonstrated the need for cohesive international leadership and engagement. On November 28, Sir Peter Westmacott, a former British ambassador to the U.S., France and Turkey with over 40 years of diplomatic experience, joined Baker Institute director Ambassador David M. Satterfield at Baker Hall to discuss challenges shaping the current and future global environment. In particular, they will focus on the transatlantic alliance, Britain’s relationship with the European Union and the state of political institutions in the United Kingdom.
This event was free and open to the public. The discussion followed the Chatham House Rule.
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His Excellency Peter Westmacott served as British ambassador to the United States from January 2012 to January 2016. It was his second posting in Washington, having previously served as the British Embassy’s counsellor for political and public affairs in the mid-1990s.
Prior to his service as ambassador to the United States, Peter served as the British ambassador to France from 2007 to 2011 and as ambassador to Turkey beginning in 2002. Peter’s 40-year career in the British Diplomatic Service has included postings in Tehran and Brussels, time as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s director for the Americas, and a seat on the board of the Foreign Office as deputy under secretary. In addition, he served as deputy private secretary to King Charles III, then the Prince of Wales, from 1990 to 1993.
Westmacott was educated at New College Oxford and joined the Diplomatic Service in 1972.