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    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    EH2 2PQ

POSTPONED: The Future of Foreign Policy

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In light of the Scottish and UK Governments’ advice around COVID-19, we have taken the decision to cancel or postpone all the events we had planned up to the end of June.

The rescheduling of this event is underway; more information to follow.



Seasoned diplomats say that they have never known so many issues that need to be addressed.

As Britain moves from the formal structures of Europe to the more informal this is an opportunity to reflect on the future of foreign policy and how best to address the issues that most concern us – climate change, pandemics, nuclear proliferation and war. Crises have affected the lives of millions, many of whom seek a better life free from fear.

How should we respond? Do we have the leadership we need to respond effectively? How does Scotland develop its contribution to determining the priorities we should address in the future and the way we should work together?

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Baroness Catherine Ashton GMCG, PC

Baroness Catherine Ashton served as the European Union's first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy from 2009 to 2014. In addition to overseeing the European External Action Service’s 140 diplomatic postings and eight military missions, she was responsible for chairing the Foreign Affairs Council and Defence Ministers meetings.

In 2018 she became Chair of the Global Europe Programme at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. She is a Senior Policy Advisor to Chatham House and a consultant to the Geneva based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

In 2019 she became the first woman King of Arms of the Order of St Michael and St George.