British-American Parliamentary Group

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For more information on any of the events advertised below please contact the BAPG Administrator.

2018 Midterm Elections: What to look for

On the eve of the U.S. Midterm Elections, the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library in partnership with the British-American Parliamentary Group, will be hosting a panel discussion event on the 2018 US Midterms.

Date: Monday, 5th November, 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Speaker’s State Rooms, Speaker’s House
by kind permission of Mr Speaker, The Rt. Hon. John Bercow, MP
Entry via Portcullis House, Victoria Embankment

Places will be offered on a first come first served basis.
Please RSVP to bapg@parliament.uk by 22nd October 2018

A drinks reception will be followed by brief presentations from the panellists after which there will be an opportunity for an open discussion with questions from the floor.

Chair: Professor Phil Davies, Professor Emeritus of American Studies, De Montfort University &
Former Director, Eccles Centre for American Studies, The British Library

Panellists:
Tom Petri (Republican), former US Representative for Wisconsin’s 6th congressional district for 18 terms until his retirement at the end of the 113th Congress (1979-2015). During his time in Congress, Petri served as the Chair and lead Republican of the US House of Representatives British-American Parliamentary Group (2001-2015). In early 2015, Queen Elizabeth II made Petri an Honorary Officer of the British Empire in recognition of his role in promoting U.K.-U.S. transatlantic relations.

Martin Lancaster (Democrat), former U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district from 1987 to 1995. Post Congress, Lancaster served as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (January 1996 – June 1997); President of the North Carolina Community College System (1997-2008) and for five years counsel to law firms in North Carolina and Washington DC, before retiring in 2013. Lancaster was made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 for his services to the people of Northern Ireland.

Donald Trump will not be on the ballot when Americans go to the polls on 6 November, but the elections will shape the rest of his presidency.

Voters will be choosing 35 senators, 36 state governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives, as well as dozens of local legislative officials.

The elections matter because if Democrats take back control of the House or the Senate from Republicans, they could severely limit what President Trump can do in the final two years of his term.

In the House, analysts predict dozens of seats could change hands and the majority of these are currently held by Republicans.

 

This event is organised as part of the Congress to Campus UK programme, which brings former Members of the US Congress to the UK to talk with British audiences about contemporary US politics. Working with the US Association of Former Members of Congress, the programme is coordinated by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library and the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, with support from the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy London.

 

The Special Relationship in the AI Age

Date: Tuesday, 20th November 2018

Time: 6.00pm to 7.45pm

Venue: The State Rooms, Speaker’s House
by kind permission of Mr Speaker, The Rt. Hon. John Bercow, MP

Introduction: Lord Hill, Chair of The Ditchley Foundation
Chair: James Arroyo, Director of The Ditchley Foundation

Panellists:
Carina Namih, Founder and CEO, Helix Nanotechnologies, Inc.;
Charles Songhurst, Founding Partner, Katana Capital;
A further speaker is to be confirmed.

A drinks reception will be followed by brief presentations from the panellists after which there will be an opportunity for an open discussion with questions from the floor.

Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
Please register by RSVP by Monday 5 November to: Esther Mead,
The Ditchley Foundation, email: esther@ditchley.com / tel: 01608 677346.

Cyber security, digital innovation, artificial intelligence and bio-engineering look set to be driving forces in the new global economy.

With its strong traditions in science and the Arts, strong university system, global connectivity, Commonwealth heritage, strong links to Silicon Valley, role as global financial centre, and linguistic advantage through English as the global Lingua Franca, the panel will explore whether the UK can capitalise on these advantages and become a leading country in this next stage of the technological revolution and in AI in particular.

How can these advantages be maximised to turn the UK into a technological powerhouse of the 21st century? How should the development of major platform and network companies, headquartered in the UK be fostered? Furthermore how can this be achieved in a way which brings opportunity and prosperity not only to London but to regions all across the UK? What are the implications for education; for immigration policy; for trade policy; for tax policy; for international allowances; and for national and local government? How should people of all ages and background be educated and trained to succeed in the digital economy?

How can the UK work with Silicon Valley to mitigate some of the challenges that it now faces in terms of cost of living and availability of talent in key disciplines?

Do we need to be concerned about an AI arms race between the major powers – and if there is one, how can we win it?

This panel discussion will examine some of the most pressing questions posed by the rapid growth of these new technologies and their rising economic importance.

 

 

2018 Harvard Bi-Partisan Orientation Programme for Newly Elected Members of Congress

The Institute of Politics, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, has invited the BAPG to send four members to observe its bi-partisan orientation  programme for newly elected Members of Congress, as at the US Midterm elections on 6th November 2018.   The programme will take place 4-6 December 2018 and will involve ‘issue seminars’ and lectures held by Harvard academics and eminent outside speakers.

The British Parliamentarians are the only foreign legislators invited to attend.

Four members have now been confirmed for this visit.