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How well is the UK managing relations with the US?

21 February 2018

The International Relations Committee takes evidence from former British Ambassador to the United States, Sir Peter Westmacott, and political risk analysts on the impact of the Trump Administration on international relations, and UK-US bilateral relations.


Wednesday 21 February, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States (2012-2016)

At 11.30am

  • Mr Arun Pillai-Essex, Head of Political Risk North America, Verisk Maplecroft
  • Mr Faraz Nasir, Head of Intelligence and Security Services, G4S
  • Mr Jake Stratton, Senior Partner, Control Risks
  • Mr Henry Wilkinson, Head of Intelligence and Analysis, Risk Advisory Group

Possible questions

  • Does the election of Donald Trump represent a marked departure from traditional elements of US foreign policy or has it simply accelerated existing trends?
  • How easy is it to predict the actions of the US government under Donald Trump's presidency?
  • In January 2018 the US Secretary of Defense, General Mattis, argued that great power competition is now the US's most pressing foreign policy challenge. How will this new approach by the US government affect UK foreign policy?
  • The UK and Europe have disagreed with the US on several key issues, such as the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris agreement - Is the UK and European thinking on these issues having an impact in the White House?
  • How important is the UK's relationship with the US in terms of its engagement with multilateral organisations?
  • In your view, how well is the UK managing its relationship with the US in the Trump era?

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