Spotlight on International Relations

A series of lectures by International Relations alumni and friends.
For further information please email Dr Lorna Lloyd at

2020-21 Lectures 

Invited lecture series

18th March 2021

Ms Carolyn Davidson, 
A Career in the Foreign Office: What it's really like to be a diplomat

‌The Spotlight on International Relations Series in conjunction with Regent's University London and the Japan Year Abroad Inter-University Support Programme is proud to announce an online meeting on Thursday 18 March at 6.00 p.m.  Ms Carolyn Davidson, a senior British diplomat, and Consul-General designate to Osaka (Japan) will be in discussion with Keele’s Honorary Senior Research Fellow in International Relations, Dr Lorna Lloyd.  Further details, including how to register for the event are available via the link above.

Former Speakers have included:

Jonty Bloom, Paul Austin, James Ellison, John Duncan OBE, Professor Alexandra Xanthaki, Sir Nick Patridge OBE, Ed Pentin, Dr Dan Plesch, His Excellancy Paul Goa Zoumanigui, Dr Shaheed Ahmed, Dr Farah Didid, Geraint Vincent, Fidellis Swai, Simon Rofe, Michael Hopkins, Ben Muda, Paul Rimmer, Nicholas Sims, Sion Lloyd-Jones, Jeffery James KBE CMG, Andrew Linklater.

2019-20 Speakers

Sir John Vereker KCB, KStJ

Sir John Vereker KCB, KStJ

The search for the silver bullet: 50 years promoting international development. A personal perspective and thoughts about where it goes next

Read Sir John's lecture here - Vereker Lecture (PDF 238kb)‌‌

BA Political Institutions and English Literature, Keele, 1967
Honorary DLitt, Keele, 1997.


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Paul Rimmer

Paul Rimmer, Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence, Ministry of Defence

Getting intelligence right for Government: Challenges for Assessment

BA International Relations, Keele, 1982

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