National Security Adviser: Inaugural speech

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16 September 2021 at 14:30 15:30 BST

Private Event

The Council on Geostrategy is delighted to host the first speech by Sir Stephen Lovegrove in his capacity as National Security Adviser. His speech will outline British strategic priorities after the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, particularly in relation to upholding an open international order and developing AUKUS. The speech will be given in an open capacity but the discussion afterwards will take place off-the-record.

Attendance is by invitation only.


Sir Stephen Lovegrove

  • National Security Adviser
    Sir Stephen Lovegrove became National Security Adviser in March 2021. Prior to this he was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence from 2016 to 2021 and Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change from 2013 to 2016. He spent nine years at the Shareholder Executive, now United Kingdom Government Investments, where he was appointed Chief Executive in June 2007. He previously worked in investment banking and strategic consultancy. Sir Stephen also sat on the board of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and was a trustee of the Charities Aid Foundation.


James Rogers

  • Co-founder and Director of Research, Council on Geostrategy
    James Rogers is Co-founder and Director of Research at the Council on Geostrategy, where he specialises in geopolitics and British strategic policy. Previously, he held positions at the Henry Jackson Society, the Baltic Defence College, and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. He has been invited to give oral evidence at the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and International Development committees in the Houses of Parliament. He holds an MPhil in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Cambridge and an award-winning BSc Econ (Hons) in International Politics and Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.


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