Geostrategy Breakfast Club

The Council on Geostrategy is delighted to announce the launch of the Geostrategy Breakfast Club programme. The Club aims to convene and connect prominent stakeholders for regular breakfast discussions on key geostrategic issues and foreign, defence and international trade policy matters. Attendees hear from a keynote speaker about a prominent topic before exchanging their views and ideas at a roundtable discussion with other attendees. Our breakfast sessions take place once a month at the In and Out Naval and Military Club and are off-the-record.

Carl Hunter

We are delighted that Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter OBE has agreed to be Honorary Chair of the Geostrategy Breakfast Club. Dr Hunter OBE is Chairman of Coltraco Ultrasonics, a high-exporting advanced manufacturer in the maritime and engineering sectors and Professor-in-Practice at Durham Business School, focusing on innovation and business growth. Dr Hunter is a former Greenjacket Officer and an Expert Panel Member at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Department for International Trade.

Upcoming Events

26th May 2022 | In and Out Naval and Military Club

In Conversation with the Indian High Commissioner H.E. Gaitri Issar Kumar

The event will be headlined by our keynote speaker, H.E. Gaitri Issar Kumar. Kumar joined the India Foreign Service in 1986. After serving in several roles, including as the social secretary to the President of India in 2012, Kumar was appointed Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union on 14 June 2017. Since June 2020 she has been the High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom.

12th July 2022 | In and Out Naval and Military Club

After the Integrated Review: The Future of the Royal Navy

The event will be headlined by our keynote speaker, R. Adm. Jude Terry who will address the subject of ‘After the Integrated Review: The Future of the Royal Navy’.

Jude Terry joined the Royal Navy in September 1997, having graduated from Dundee University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Anatomical Sciences. Selected for promotion to Commodore in December 2020, she completed 11 months as Deputy Director People in Navy Command Headquarters responsible for delivering the people capability for the Royal Navy. Selected for promotion to Rear Admiral she assumed the role of Director People and Training and Naval Secretary in January 2022.

Past Events

20th April 2022 | In and Out Naval and Military Club

The United Kingdom’s role in Euro-Atlantic Security

The event was headlined by our keynote speaker, Mr Angus Lapsley, former Director General Strategy and International 2018-2021 at the Ministry of Defence and Director for Defence and International Security 2017-2019 at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Mr Lapsley spoke on the topic of ‘The United Kingdom’s role in Euro-Atlantic Security’, discussing Britain’s increasingly visible role as a net security provider in the Euro-Atlantic region in light of old and new strategic threats to itself and its regional allies.

22nd March 2022 | In and Out Naval and Military Club

The United Kingdom-Australia Strategic Partnership in a more competitive age

The Council on Geostrategy was delighted to host the inaugural session of the Geostrategy Breakfast Club while focusing on ‘The UK-Australia Strategic Partnership in a more competitive age’. Our chief guest and keynote speaker was H.E. George Brandis QC, High Commissioner of Australia to the United Kingdom.

During the event, Mr Brandis discussed the key aspects of the British-Australian strategic partnership in the modern age, with a specific focus on AUKUS and free trade agreements, which symbolises the two countries’ appreciation of each another. He also addressed the need to jointly counter the ripple effects of the Ukraine conflict in the Euro-Atlantic, the Indo-Pacific, and beyond, and to gear up for an era of intensifying geopolitical competition. At a time when London and Canberra face a number of critical shared security challenges, ranging from the rise of a revisionist People’s Republic of China in the Indo-Pacific and an aggressive Russia in the Euro-Atlantic, the strong relationship between the two has never been more important.

To find out more about our membership packages, please visit our memberships page.

For further information about the Geostrategy Breakfast Club, please email John Dobson, Policy and Events Coordinator, at [email protected].