The international community is facing more simultaneous crises than at any time since the end of the Cold War. The international order put in place after World War II is coming apart. After the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the financial crash, the upheaval of Brexit and the global pandemic, the West now confronts the challenge of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. Drawing on his four decades of experience as a British diplomat, including as the first UK National Security Adviser, Lord Peter Ricketts will examine the state of our troubled world and explore how Britain and its allies should move forward. He will draw on his book Hard Choices: the making and unmaking of global Britain to argue that Western countries need to re-discover the art of longer-term strategic thinking. His wide-ranging talk will challenge established thinking in Britain about the country’s international role, and argue that international cooperation - including with Britain’s European neighbours - is the surest way to prosper in a dangerous and divided world.