Dealing with Russia & USA in the context of the
Middle East, China & India - Is British diplomacy off the leash as poodle
turns into bulldog?
London, UK - 20 July 2007, 12:22 GMT
Dear ATCA Colleagues
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We are grateful to:
Given the recent diplomatic row between Russia and the United Kingdom, we
are grateful to The Lord Howell of Guildford from The Palace of Westminster
for his submission to ATCA, "Dealing with Russia and USA in the context
of the Middle East, China and India: Is British diplomacy off the leash as
a poodle turns into a bulldog?"
The Right Honourable Lord (David) Howell of Guildford, President of the British
Institute of Energy Economics, is a former Secretary of State for Energy and
for Transport in the UK Government and an economist and journalist. Lord Howell
is Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords and Conservative
Spokesman on Foreign Affairs. He writes:
Dear DK and Colleagues
Re: Dealing with Russia and USA in the context of the Middle East, China
and India -- Is British diplomacy off the leash as a poodle turns into a bulldog?
Well, that's two important friends upset -- and all in the first few weeks
of Gordon Brown's premiership. Moscow is seething at London's "immoral
act" of chucking out four of their diplomats (read intelligence officers)
in entirely justified retaliation for their refusal to hand over the number
one suspect in the ugly murder of Alexander Litvinenko.
Let us hope that our charted course through the rough global seas is now being
quietly and skilfully altered.
The Lord Howell of Guildford also Chairs the Windsor Energy Group. Until 2002
he was Chairman of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, (the high level bilateral
forum between leading UK and Japanese politicians, industrialists and academics),
which was first set up by Margaret Thatcher and Yasuhiro Nakasone in 1984.
In addition he writes a fortnightly column for The JAPAN TIMES in Tokyo, and
has done so since 1985. He also writes regularly for the International Herald
Tribune. David Howell was the Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee
on Foreign Affairs, 1987-97. He was Chairman of the House of Lords European
Sub-Committee on Common Foreign and Security Policy from 1999-2000. In 2001
he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure (Japan).
His latest book, 'Out of the Energy Labyrinth' has been described as 'a serious
and thoughtful attempt to grapple with the complexities of the energy challenge
and foreign policy', by James R Schlesinger, and as 'a terrific book, not
least because of its topicality' by Sir Simon Jenkins.
We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank
For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency
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