What does it mean for Europe, with our own politics roiled by populist pressures? How can Europe find its own way in the new geopolitical environment, while managing the divisive issues of migration, inequality and nationalism? A look also at Britain’s role, in the aftermath of Brexit that – even if it is well managed – will have consequences for not just Britain but for Europe more widely.
Robert John Sawers is Chairman and Partner of Macro Advisory Partners. He joined the firm in 2015 after completing his five-year tenure as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). As Chief of MI6 he modernized the way the Service works and created a more open approach to public accountability, as well as leading the organisation through a period of high terrorist threat and international political upheaval. Prior to leading MI6, Sawers was the UK’s Ambassador to the United Nations (2007-2009), Political Director of the Foreign Office (2003-2007), Special Representative in Iraq (2003), Ambassador to Cairo (2001-2003), and Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair (1999-2001). He is a Non-Executive Director of BP, a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, a Senior Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation.