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Britain Alone, the Path from Suez to Brexit

Members of the Council are invited to interact with award-winning journalist Philip Stephens on his new book, Britain Alone, analyzing a nation’s struggle to reconcile its waning power with past glory.
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Philip Stephens
Ivo H. Daalder
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Chicago Council members are invited to join Philip Stephens of the Financial Times to explore Britain’s decades-long adjustment to the loss of its empire and global power. Outside of the European Union and faced with an uncertain transatlantic relationship, Britain today appears alone, even adrift, as it attempts to redefine its role and purpose in the world. Drawing on decades of research and interviews with senior politicians and diplomats in Britain, the US, and across the capitals of Europe, Stephens argues in his new book, Britain Alone, that this moment has been six decades in the making.

Copies of Philip Stephens’ new book, Britain Alone: The Path from Suez to Brexit, are available to purchase through our local book partner, The Book Cellar.

About the Speakers
Director of the Editorial Board and Chief Political Commentator, Financial Times
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In 1983, after working as a correspondent for Reuters in Brussels, Philip Stephens joined the Financial Times and has been the economics, political, and UK edition editor. He won the David Watt Prize for Outstanding Political Journalism, Political Journalist of the Year by the UK Political Studies Association, and Political Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards.
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President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013 prior to becoming president of the Council. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of ten books.
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