TIME: 12:00-13:00, 12th September 2017
VENUE: Committee Room 9, House of Commons,
Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA
Director, Global Britain Programme at The Henry Jackson Society
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If watching the news, anyone might be forgiven for thinking that the “Atlantic democracies” are over and done. China, India and Russia seem to be in the ascendancy. In some quarters, the advice of the British people to their government – to leave the European Union – has merely compounded this unease: declinist narratives have come back with a vengeance. Politicians, retired officials, academics and commentators abound with dire predictions for Britain’s future. Anyone would be forgiven in thinking that the UK is a small, weak and largely irrelevant country, destined for the dustbin of history. But is this necessarily the case?
With opening remarks from Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with our Director of the Global Britain Programme, James Rogers, who will outline the results of The Audit of Geopolitical Capability, an index of eight of the world’s largest powers. Focusing on seven key capability groups – geographic, demographic, economic, technological, diplomatic, military and cultural – James will explain global rankings. He will also showcase the findings of a separate paper which examines where the UK stands in relation to the other major powers, before asking what the country needs to do to maintain its global stature in the twenty-first century.
James Rogers is a founding member of The Henry Jackson Society and the Director of our ‘Global Britain’ Programme. He holds expertise in British grand strategy, European geopolitics and Baltic security, as well as European influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Formerly, he held a number of positions at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia. There he was Acting Dean (2016), Director of the Department of Political and Strategic Studies (2015-2017), and Lecturer in International Relations (2012-2015). James has also worked at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, firstly as a Visiting Fellow (2008) and then as an Associate Fellow (2013) – latterly as lead rapporteur for a research project commissioned by the European Union Military Committee. He has also worked on research projects for several other institutions, including RAND Europe, Egmont Institute, and the European Council on Foreign Relations.