Shirley Williams to speak on international peace and conflict at 2014 Gladstone Lecture

Gladstone Lecture 2014
Reflecting on peace and conflict
Tuesday 21 October 2014
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TLG member Baroness Shirley Williams will be speaking at this year’s Gladstone Lecture on international peace and conflict where she will be grappling with how we make sense of the turmoil we see around the world today.Baroness Williams, has extensive knowledge and experience in international affairs from a life-time of politics and is a Catholic. Growing up during the Second World War with parents who were prominent pacifists, her career has involved deep engagement with international affairs, including being Gordon Brown’s Adviser on nuclear proliferation while he was Prime Minister. She currently serves as an active Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and Professor Emerita of Electoral Politics at Harvard University. She is author of ‘God and Caesar: Personal Reflections on Politics and Religion’.
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The event begins with a drinks reception at 7.30pm and the lecture starts at 8pm, followed by Q&A, ending at 9.30pm. It will be held at St James the Less Church, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico.

More info and tickets here: http://ldcf.net/web/gladstonelecture2014

TLG Chair, Alistair Burt MP, hosts an event with Ambassador Alexander Kmentt

On 2 July 2014 the TLG hosted a meeting  in the UK Parliament with Austrian Ambassador Alexander Kmentt who addressed MPs, Peers and civil society representatives. DSC_07932The event was chaired by TLG Chairman, Alistair Burt MP, and was organised in partnership with the APPG on Global Security & Non Proliferation, the APPG on the United Nations and the European Leadership Network.

As Director for Disarmament at the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation division at the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the Ambassador spoke to parliamentarians on the Austrian government’s efforts to host the 3rd International Conference on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons. The conference, due to take place in Vienna in December 2014, aims bring together governments and civil society representatives from both nuclear and non-nuclear states to “strengthen the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime and to contribute to the growing momentum to firmly anchor the humanitarian imperative in all global efforts dealing with nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament.”

The 85%

Ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, five UK and French members of the ELN, all former ministers or senior military officials, point out that we have no way of knowing whether 85% of the world’s nuclear material stockpiles are in fact secure.

Read the op-ed here.

Continuing the Trident Debate

On Tuesday, 18 March, IISS hosted the event Continuing the Trident Debate: Role, Alternatives and Opportunity Cost. 

Three members of the Top Level Group, Sir Nick Harvey MP,  Admiral Lord West of Spithead, Baroness Williams of Crosby discussed together with Dr Julian Lewis MP the  implications and options that the UK will have to address leading up to the 2016 ‘Main Gate’ decision.


Following the July 2013 publication of the Trident Alternatives Review, and ahead of the May 2015 general election, this was a timely point to address salient questions which remain to be fully aired, including but not limited to the role, system options, deterrence postures and opportunity costs.