The Foreign Policy of the Home Office

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A lecture by Mark Sedwill CMG, Permanent Secretary, Home Office.

The Home Office has three main spheres of responsibility and activity, all of which have a significant international dimension: homeland security, law enforcement and borders, immigration and citizenship. In addition, like every Government department, the Home Office also contributes to HMG’s prosperity agenda.

In his lecture, Mark Sedwill will discuss how the department’s approach to foreign policy is evolving to meet changing global events and transnational threats. This event will provide an excellent opportunity to hear about the international focus and bilateral and multilateral partnerships we need in order to deliver effective upstream interventions. 

Speaker Biography

Mark Sedwill CMG was educated at Bourne Grammar School, St Andrews University and Oxford University. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from university in 1989. In the 1990s, he had postings to Egypt and Cyprus and a spell as a UN weapons inspector in Iraq. He then worked as Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretaries Robin Cook and Jack Straw including during 9/11. Following this, Mark became the Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, the Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa and Director of UK Visas and International at the UK Border Agency. In 2009, he became HM Ambassador to Afghanistan and then went on to become NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan in 2010. In 2011, Mark returned to the FCO as Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Director-General (South Asia) before being appointed Political Director in 2012. He became Permanent Secretary of the Home Office on 1st February 2013.

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Refreshments will be served from 1430.

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