They Call It Diplomacy: Forty Years of Representing Britain Abroad

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A conversation with Sir Peter Westmacott about his new book, ‘They Call It Diplomacy’, which reflects on his distinguished career as an official at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and representing the UK abroad.


Sir Peter Westmacott's forty-year career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office straddled the last decade of the Cold War and the age of globalisation. It included spells in pre-revolutionary Iran and the European Commission in Brussels, and culminated in prestigious ambassadorial postings in Ankara, Paris, and Washington in the post-9/11 era.

In this webinar, Sir Peter offered an account of life in the upper echelons of the diplomatic and political worlds, and revealing portraits of global leaders such as Tony Blair, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Barack Obama and his then Vice-President Joe Biden. He will discuss the continuing relevance of the diplomat in an age of social media and special envoys, and offer some valuable lessons for Britain's future international role now that it has left the European Union.

Sir Peter Westmacott’s book, ‘They Call It Diplomacy: Forty Years of Representing Britain Abroad’, was published by Head of Zeus in February 2021. 

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