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John Rae Lecture with Sir Peter Westmacott

28 September 2022 @ 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Cover of They Call it Diplomacy by Sir Peter Westmacott

We are delighted to invite you to the school’s Annual John Rae Lecture with Sir Peter Westmacott (OT, former UK Ambassador in Washington, Paris and Ankara).

Drinks available from 5.15pm-5.45pm in the Theatre Foyer

Presentation and discussion from 6.00pm-7.30pm in the Theatre

Join us for an engaging discussion of diplomacy and current international relations when tweets, TikTok and Insta are faster than cable messages. Peter Westmacott will talk about successful recent British diplomacy, the aftermath of Brexit and how Britain can now make a difference internationally.

After leaving Taunton School, Peter Westmacott (1964-68, Foxcombe) read French and History at Oxford and joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He served in Iran for four years before the 1979 revolution, worked at the European Commission, and saw the end of the Cold War. His career culminated in prestigious postings as HM Ambassador to Turkey, France and the United States.

Just what does a professional diplomat actually do and need each day? What do diplomats, local expertise and a country’s local population bring to a situation?

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28 September 2022
5:15 pm - 7:30 pm


Taunton School
Staplegrove Road
Taunton, TA2 6AD United Kingdom
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