Public Affairs
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Debate & discourse
with  global reach

Our high-profile Public Affairs programme of talks, lectures and debate launched in 2021. This popular series of events and debates sees journalists and broadcasters, ambassadors, politicians and thought leaders, all experts in their field, engage with topics of international importance across geo-politics, conflict, foreign affairs and domestic policy.

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The home of global conversation

Tackling these pressing issues from an insider perspective, often from the heart of Government, the Opposition benches, or from a national security standpoint, ROSL’s Public Affairs series is a unique opportunity for members and invited guests to convene to hear the latest thinking, insights and intelligence from leading individuals and institutions at home and abroad.

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ROSL Annual Lecture

One of the highlights of the calendar is the ROSL Annual Lecture held in December each year.

Previous speakers have included: Historian Lord Roberts of Belgravia, Lord Chris Patten, Chancellor, University of Oxford, formerly the last Governor of Hong Kong (1992-1997) and Rt Hon Lord William Hague, Former Leader of the House of Commons

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Previous speakers have included:

  • Jose Manuel Barroso, Former EU President
  • Hon Scott Morrison MP, 30th Prime Minister of Australia,
  • James Landale, BBC Diplomatic Correspondent,
  • Julia Gillard AC, Former PM Australia,
  • Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Former Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,
  • Lord Mark Sedwill, Former Cabinet Secretary,
  • Matt Frei, Europe Editor & Presenter, Channel 4 News,
  • Rt Hon Jack Straw, Former Foreign Secretary,
  • Rt Hon Lord David Frost of Allenton PC CMG, Chief Negotiator and Europe adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2019-21), Minister responsible for EU relations (2021),
  • Rt Hon Lord Robertson, Former Secretary-General, NATO,
  • Sir John Sawers, Former Chief of MI6,
  • Sir Philip Barton KCMG OBE, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
  • Sir Richard Dearlove, Former Head of MI6,
  • Tom Tugendhat MP, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Parliament
  • Sir Richard Moore, SIS Chief MI6