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Organised by the Universities of Exeter and Strathclyde in conjunction with the FCO Historians and the British International History Group, this one-day conference will combine academic papers with two seminar sessions at which serving and former diplomats will be invited to present their testimonies and perspectives.


8.45-9.10 Registration

9.10-9.20 Welcoming remarks: Martin Thomas

9.20-10.40 Panel I Chair: James Ellison (Queen Mary University of London)

Richard Smith, Keeping the Flag Flying: John Reeves and the British Consulate in Macau, 1941-45

Rogelia Pastor-Castro, The British Embassy in Paris and the Fall of France

Karine Varley, ‘Imprisoned in the Vatican’: Neutrality and the Challenges Facing the French Embassy to the Holy See, 1940-1944

10.40-11.00 Refreshment break

11.00-12.00 Panel II Chair: Patrick Salmon (Foreign & Commonwealth Office)

Jane Marriott, Director of the UK’s Joint International Counter Terrorism Unit, former Ambassador to Yemen

Simon Smith, former Ambassador to Ukraine

12.00-12.45 Lunch – Mall Room

12.45-13.45 Panel III Chair: Geoffrey Swain (University of Glasgow)

Mary Heimann, The Mindszenty Affair and the U.S. Embassy in Budapest

David Schriffl, Cold War Crises: Austrian diplomatic representations in Czechoslovakia from the early 1950s to the late 1960s

13.45-14.15 Refreshment break

14.15-15.00 Panel IV

Chair: Martin Thomas (University of Exeter)

Eric Hepburn, Head of Security & DSO Foreign & Commonwealth Office

15.00-15.20 Refreshment break

15.20-16.50 Panel V Chair: Richard Toye (University of Exeter)

Alex Ferguson, The U.S. Embassy in Saigon and the Crisis at Dien Bien Phu, 1954

Lorena De Vita, ‘Such a relationship should be a two-way street’: The First German Embassy in Israel between Crises and Opportunities, 1966-1967

Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez, Hook, line and sinker: The British Embassy in Cairo and the supposed 'expulsion of Soviet advisers' from Egypt, 1972

16.50 Concluding remarks: Richard Toye


In conjunction with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Historians and the British International History Group

For further information, visit the conference page.


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