Global Britain: Building Lasting Peace and Security in Fragile States
Author: Katie Husselby
On Monday 10th December, the Coalition for Global Prosperity were delighted to co-host Rory Stewart MP (Minister of State for Justice), Lieutenant General (retd) Philip Jones CB CBE DL, Major General Ralph Wooddisse CBE MC (Assistant Chief of the General Staff) and Kate Ewart-Biggs (British Council) for a panel debate in parliament.
In partnership with the British Council, this discussion explored Britain’s leading role in building lasting peace and security in fragile states.
Former Minister for the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Rory Stewart MP, kicked off the evening’s proceedings. Rory spoke of the importance of finding ‘sweet spots’; countries with historical ties to the UK where our support can provide the greatest possible impact to those in need.
British Council Director of Global Network, Kate Ewart-Biggs, similarly focused on the need to build institutional capability in order to to ensure that progress is sustained and impactful, and for fragile states to develop into prosperous nations.
We were also pleased to host Major General Ralph Wooddisse, who drew attention to the protracted nature of the majority of these crises, and the need for long-term and well-coordinated commitment.
Fellow military representative, retired Lieutenant General Philip Jones agreed with his colleague on the impossibility for ‘quick solutions’ in fragile states, but emphasised the need to invest in prevention as well as cure efforts to avoid states collapsing in the first place.
Theo Clarke, who chaired the evening’s discussion, brought the evening to a close by praising Britain’s leadership in consolidating peace around the world and helping to create a better, more prosperous world.