At the Big Tent Ideas Festival “Conflict and Global Britain” session, thought leaders including chair Sally Lockwood, correspondent at Sky News, Fabian Hamilton MP, Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament and MP for Leeds, Professor Mandy Turner, University of Manchester, Shabnam Nasimi, Executive Director, Conservative Friends of Afghanistan, and Chris Loughran, HALO Trust, discussed Britain’s role in global conflict.
Global conflict is more complex than ever. It costs the global economy $14.5 trillion. The World Bank estimates that by 2030, two thirds of the world’s poor will live in proximity to conflict. But what role should a ‘Global Britain’ play when it comes to taking action on conflict? The panel explored the humanitarian, political, and economic case for the UK’s future conflict strategy.
Fabian Hamilton MP, Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament and MP for Leeds, said: “We need to be much more proactive and use our position within the United Nations. We can punch well above our weight for historical reasons. We have much more influence beyond our current geopolitical and economic position – we need to use that.”
Chris Loughran, HALO Trust, said: “Conflict did not stop; it continues and continues to evolve. It is getting more messy and more urban. Conflict is not winding up; it is getting more dangerous. In terms of British policy, we went from being all over conflict to not being active in the right sort of way.”
A full replay of the session can be found on the Big Tent Youtube channel