Healing the Rift – London Conference

An Atlantic Partnership ‘Healing the Rift’ conference was held in London on the 19th May 2003, bringing together leading Europeans and Americans to discuss the damage to the transatlantic relationship since Iraq. Notes from the meeting are included below. The discussions were extremely constructive and far ranging, and were widely covered by media especially by BBC’s Today Programme and Newsnight.

This conference was held at held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, London. The participants included:

  • The Rt Hon Donald Anderson, MP (UK), Chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee
  • HE Ambassador R.. Nicholas Burns (USA), American Ambassador to NATO
  • Laurent Cohen-Tanugi (France), Political writer and Partner with Clearly, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
  • Professor Lawrence Freedman (UK), Head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy, at King’s College, London
  • Ambassador Richard Haass (USA), Director, Policy Planning Staff, State Department
  • The Rt Hon Michael Howard QC MP (UK), The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Field Marshal Lord Inge (UK), The former Chief of Defence Staff
  • Thomas Kielinger (Germany), The London correspondent of Die Welt
  • Professor Dr Margarita Mathiopoulos (Germany), CEO, European Advisory Group of GMBH
  • The Rt Hon Lord Owen (UK), The former British Foreign Secretary
  • Guillaume Parmentier (France), Director of the French Centre on the United States (CFE) at the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (IFRI)
  • Lord Powell of Bayswater (UK), The former Foreign Affairs Private Secretary to Baroness Thatcher and John Major
  • The Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP (UK), Leader of the House of Commons
  • Sir Evelyn de Rothschild (UK), Chairman, N. M. Rothschild & Sons Ltd.
  • M. Eduardo Serra (Spain), The former Spanish Defence Minister and President of the Elcano Royal Institute
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