ONLINE LECTURE: British-Turkish Relations After Brexit

09 March 2021 19:00 to 21:00 | Online

The lecture will be held via Zoom, Please register for details, thank you.

A BIAA Online Lecture by Dominick Chilcott (British Ambassador to Turkey)

Tuesday 9th March 2021 | 16:00-17:30 (London UTC) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

The strategic context of the UK's relations with Turkey changed at the end of the Cold War in 1989 and again when the UK left the EU last year. After Brexit, the UK could no longer act as Turkey's most sympathetic friend within the EU and enjoy privileged access in return in Ankara. Sir Dominick asks what Britain's foreign policy priorities are likely to be now and how Turkey fits into this changed picture. Do the UK and Turkey still have enough in common to forge a genuine partnership that transcends transactional cooperation? What are the opportunities for the relationship with Turkey now that the UK is outside the EU? Does the UK's new relationship with the EU provide a model for Turkey?  To what extent does the fact that Turkey and Britain are two former imperial powers, situated like the EU's north-west and south-east bookends, constitute common ground on which to build closer relations? And what role does geography play in determining the relationship between these two countries. Sir Dominick will attempt to provide answers to all these questions and more.

Sir Dominick Chilcott KCMG has been the UK’s ambassador to the republic of Turkey since January 2018. A career diplomat, he joined the then Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1982. Before Turkey, Dominick Chilcott served as head of mission successively in Sri Lanka, Iran and Ireland. He has also worked as deputy head of mission in Washington and at the UK’s mission to the European Union in Brussels in addition to spells at the FCO in London. Dominick read philosophy and theology at Oxford University.

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