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‘We thought we were friends!’ Franco-British bilateral diplomacy under pressure

Calendar Tuesday, 29 November 2022
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A public lecture with guest speaker, Professor Helen Drake (Loughborough University London), as part of the Global Language-based Area Studies research theme at the School.

Event format
Please note this event will be hybrid in format: the guest speaker will be giving their paper in person at the venue and attendees have the option to join either in person or online via Zoom.

Brexit was a shock to the Franco-British bilateral relationship (FBBR). Political turbulence on either side of the Channel since (notably in the UK) has prolonged the disruption. Perhaps cross-Channel cooperation, even when it works, is of diminishing significance in today’s world.  In this paper I return to and expand on some of the findings of the research  in which I and my co-author Professor Pauline Schnapper explored the meaning of Brexit for the FBBR, with a view to asking and addressing tricky questions about the politics of diplomacy today.  

Helen Drake is Director of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance (IDIG) at Loughborough University London (situated on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park). Professor of French and European Studies and previously at Loughborough University’s East Midlands’ campus, Helen at IDIG teaches postgraduate students and is developing a collective research agenda linking different dimensions of diplomacy. From 2012-2018 Helen was Chair of UACES (University Association for Contemporary European Studies) and between 2016-2019 conducted ESRC-funded research on Brexit in conjunction with the UK in a Changing Europe think tank. 
Twitter: @FrancoBrit

The event will be recorded for publication after the event.

Simultaneous Translation
The event will be delivered in the medium of English. You are welcome to ask questions in the medium of Welsh during the Q&A session. If you intend to do this, please contact by Wednesday 23 November to request simultaneous translation. Please note that 10% or more of those planning to attend will need to request this provision in order for it to be sourced and will be subject to resource availability.

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Hybrid event; attendees may join online or in person in room 2.22
66a Park Place
CF10 3AS

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