Fortnightly logo

U.K. Foreign Policy: At the Crossroads of International Affairs
LUNCH 11:45 a.m. LECTURE 12:15 p.m.

What's the value of the United Kingdom to the United States now that it is no longer used as an unsinkable aircraft carrier? There are close ties between the U.K. and the U.S. in foreign affairs, but it has not always been a two-way street. David Wild, British Deputy Consul General in Los Angeles, will discuss various aspects of Britain's foreign policy.

As a member of the European Union, the United Kingdom works on EU-wide legislation, contributes substantially to EU budget, and receives back funding through national and regional projects.

A member of the United Nations Security Council, the United Kingdom is working and lobbying with other countries to bring in UN resolutions, such as the Arms Trade Treaty. In issues such as Iraq and sanctions against North Korea, the U.K. lines up solidly alongside the U.S. and other key partners to present a consistent line, but U.K.-U.S. relations are not always harmonious. There is serious domestic opposition to the British engagement in Iraq.

David Wild has recently been posted to Britain's Consulate-General in Los Angeles from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London. He has spent the last few years working on two of the FCO's biggest IT projects as the FCO struggles to bring itself up to date with increasing emphasis on flexibility–in diplomatic representation abroad, in size of missions overseas–in a climate of reduced budgets but increased call for effective, measurable results–adding value to Britain's political work, its economy and culture.

Wild's luncheon address is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College.