The world has never seemed so precariously balanced, and as the global stage continues to be dominated by power plays from Putin, Trump and Kim, it pays to gain vital insight into what’s happening, and what’s around the corner. Increasingly, we’re receiving requests for conference speakers who can shed light on the global scene, so I’ve compiled a list of my favourite conference speakers on international relations.
Tom Fletcher is perfectly poised for such analysis, as a prominent British diplomat based in the Middle East. Tom’s expertise also spans the rise of digital and social media, and its impact on politics and democracy. He examines the astonishing power of Trump’s tweets, and whether Google and Amazon will end up with seats on the UN Security Council. Particularly if you’re after conference speakers for an international audience, Tom is a great option.
You’ll have heard Lyse Doucet’s voice a hundred times already on the BBC, as she reports from tumultuous events the world over. As well as making sense of the whole picture, Lyse is also brilliant at focusing on the human stories which bring conflicts to light. Despite covering some of the most harrowing humanitarian conflicts, she’s unshakably an optimist, revealing the lighter side to her job. In speeches, she analyses the political and social uncertainty the world faces, and considers the nature of risk.
David ‘Danny’ Blanchflower recently stepped at the very last minute when another speaker pulled out due to ill health – one of the rare consequences of booking conference speakers! At extremely short notice Danny delivered an insightful, entertaining and provocative speech taking in everything from labour markets in the US to Brexit implications in Africa and Asia.
For a closer look at the machinations of governments, Bronwen Maddox offers a clear guide to policy-makers and their relationship to business. As Editor of Prospect Magazine, she helped the City steer a course through the geo-political landscape; now as Director at the Institute for Government she looks ever more closely at European and American governance, and the ramifications for the rest of the world.
As conference speakers on international relations go, William Hague should be most clients’ top pick. The former Foreign Secretary remains an active Parliamentarian from his seat in the House of Lords, and despite campaigning to remain in the EU, he is now positive about the long-term outcome of Brexit. Speaking at an event earlier this week, he said that the UK may have some short-term pain, in terms of the cost of Brexit, and also the uncertainty (which he thought far more damaging). But longer term, the UK will be able to make a success of Brexit. Britain’s population is set to overtake Germany and France to become the most populous nation in Europe, thus creating more demand for housing, infrastructure and jobs to buoy the economy. The UK has the opportunity to shape its immigration policy to focus on highly-skilled workers. The growth of Africa and the Middle East is the single biggest opportunity for the UK to start forging trade relationships, and the lack of EU constraints will mean these trade deals can be innovative and agile.