2022 CHRISTOPHER J. MAKINS LECTURE: A CONVERSATION WITH UK FOREIGN SECRETARY LIZ TUSS - Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked a defining moment of transatlantic unity, and the United Kingdom has played a leading role in the transatlantic response, from implementing sanctions and reinforcing NATO’s eastern flank to delivering humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine in close coordination with allies and partners. The British response also puts into action a commitment to redefine the UK’s role on the world stage following the release in March 2021 of the UK’s strategy Global Britain in a Competitive Age, an integrated review of the UK’s security, defense, development, and foreign policy.
As the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss was deeply involved in crafting the UK’s response to Russia and implementing Global Britain in practice. She was appointed as Foreign Secretary in September of 2021 and plays a key role in setting British foreign policy. She joined the Atlantic Council for a robust conversation on the future of the transatlantic relationship and US-UK ties, especially in the face of recent Russian aggression and a rapidly changing European security architecture.
ABOUT THE MAKINS LECTURE
The Europe Center presented this event as the latest installment of the Makins lecture series, launched in 2005 to honor the memory of former Atlantic Council president, Christopher J. Makins. The event brings together European and US policymakers and experts to discuss the state of the Atlantic partnership and its future direction. By providing a platform for discussion and stimulating provocative discourse on the importance of the Atlantic alliance, the lecture carries on the heritage and vision of this extraordinary Atlanticist.
Previous transatlantic leaders who have delivered the Makins Lecture include Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Lord George Robertson, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, and General Brent Scowcroft.
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 3/10/2022