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Soft Power and the UK's Influence - timeline

Watch the evidence sessions from the inquiry into Soft Power and the UK's Influence using the playlist above, or the links to individual sessions below. The Committee published its report on 28 March 2014.

The Committee on Soft Power and the UK's Influence was appointed on 16 May 2013.

Monday 10 June 2013

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  • Maddalaine Ansell, Head of the International Knowledge & Innovation Unit (Global), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Hugh Elliott, Director of Communication and Engagement, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Barbara Hendrie, Deputy Director, Global Partnerships Department, Department for International Development
  • Andrew Mitchell, Director of Prosperity Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Keith Nichol, Cultural Diplomacy, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Monday 24 June 2013

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  • John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist
  • Professor Michael Cox from the London School of Economics
  • Lord Williams of Baglan from Chatham House (former UN Under Secretary-General and Special Coordinator for Lebanon)

Monday 8 July 2013

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  • Lieutenant General Simon Mayall CB, Defence Senior Advisor for the Middle East, Ministry of Defence
  • Nicholas Beadle CMG, Royal United Services Institute
  • Steve McCarthy, Director of International Security Policy, Ministry of Defence

Monday 15 July 2013

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  • Martin Davidson, Chief Executive, British Council
  • Peter Horrocks, Director, BBC World Service
  • Dr Jonathan Williams, Deputy Director, British Museum

Monday 22 July 2013

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Read the Monday 22 July evidence session transcript (Panel 2) (PDF PDF 116 KB)

Panel 1

  • Peter Callaghan, Director General, Commonwealth Business Council
  • Uday Dholakia, Chairman, National Asian Business Association and Chair, Leicestershire Asian Business Association
  • David Maisey, Director, Institute of Export

Panel 2

  • Nick Baird, Chief Executive Officer, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)

Monday 29 July 2013

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  • Ian Birrell, Columnist and Foreign Correspondent, Contributing Editor for Mail and Mail on Sunday
  • Jonathan Glennie, Research Fellow, Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure, ODI
  • Mark Pyman, Director, Defence and Security Programme, Transparency International UK
  • Phil Vernon, Director of Programmes, International Alert

Monday 14 October 2013

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Read the Monday 14 October evidence session transcript (Panel 2) (PDF PDF 97 KB)

Panel 1

  • Paul Arkwright, the Director of Multilateral Policy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Caitlin Jones, Head of the Commonwealth Team, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Baroness Prashar (former President of the Royal Commonwealth Society)
  • H.E. Mr. Carlos dos Santos, High Commissioner for the Republic of Mozambique in United Kingdom

Panel 2

  • Ian Bond, Director of foreign policy, Centre for European Reform
  • Lord Leach of Fairford, Chairman, Open Europe
  • Graham Mather, President, European Policy Forum

Tuesday 15 October 2013

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  • Professor Joseph Nye, former Dean of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, who first coined the phrase ‘soft power’ in relation to international diplomacy

Monday 21 October 2013

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  • His Excellency Mr Roberto Jaguaribe, Ambassador of Brazil
  • His Excellency Mr Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan
  • His Excellency Mr Kim Traavik, Ambassador of Norway
  • Dr Rudolf Adam, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim (acting Ambassador), German Embassy

Monday 28 October 2013

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  • Simon Anholt, nation brand adviser and author of the Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index
  • Jonathan McClory, policy and place branding consultant, author of the IfG-Monocle Soft Power Index
  • Agnès Poirier, commentator on politics and French-British relations

Monday 4 November 2013

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Panel 1

  • John Barry, Country Chair, Abu Dhabi, Shell
  • Gilly Lord, Partner, Head of Regulatory Affairs, PWC
  • Stephen Pattison, Vice President, Public Affairs, ARM
  • David Stanley, CEO, Penspen International

Panel 2

  • Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of London

Monday 11 November 2013

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Panel 1

  • John Dickie, Strategy and Policy Director, London First
  • Mary Rance, Chair of Tourism Alliance and CEO of UKinbound
  • Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-President, Universities UK, Chair, International Unit and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University

Panel 2

  • Mark Harper MP, Immigration Minister, Home Office

Tuesday 19 November 2013

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  • Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League
  • David Collier, Chief Executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
  • Lord Moynihan, former Chairman of the British Olympic Association

Tuesday 26 November 2013

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  • Sir Antony Acland, former head of the UK diplomatic service and Ambassador to Washington
  • Lord Hannay of Chiswick, former UK permanent representative to the EEC and the UN
  • Lord Jay of Ewelme, former head of the UK diplomatic service and Ambassador to Paris

Monday 2 December 2013

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  • Alex Aiken, Exective Director of Government Communications, Cabinet Office
  • Conrad Bird, Director of the GREAT Britain Campaign in the Prime Minister's Office

Monday 9 December 2013

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  • Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
  • Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister for Business and Enterprise, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Monday 16 December 2013

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Panel 1

  • The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH, former Prime Minister

Panel 2

  • Tara D. Sonenshine, former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for the US Department of State (2012-13), and Director of Foreign Policy Planning for the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration (via videoconference)

Wednesday 18 December 2013

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  • The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Dr Andrew Murrison MP, Minister for International Strategy, Ministry of Defence

The report on Soft Power and the UK's Influence was published on 28 March 2014.

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