Peter Westmacott

  • Westmacott in Huffington Post: Time to Put the Country First


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  • Westmacott: ‘Turkey’s European Journey’ Has Taken a Detour

    The title of Sir Peter Westmacott’s new paper, Turkey’s European Journey, does not indicate where he thinks the country stands on that path, whether he believes Ankara is still headed toward Europe or whether it has turned off that road permanently. A conversation with Westmacott, a distinguished ambassadorial fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative who has served as the United Kingdom’s ambassador to France, Turkey, and the United States, sheds more light on how he sees Turkey’s current status under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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  • Turkey’s European Journey

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    Turkey, a NATO ally, bridges a region spanning from Central Asia to Central Europe and the Levant that is marred by centuries of division and conflict, but whose nations and people are also bound together. Following an attempted military coup in 2016 and widespread government crackdowns across Turkish society, where Turkey is headed is uncertain. In Turkey’s European Journey, Sir Peter Westmacott, who recently retired as one of the United Kingdom’s most revered diplomats, provides his first-hand account of Turkey’s recent history—helping us understand how Turkey got to where it is today, and providing clues about where...

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  • A ‘Strange Allegation’ About UK Spying

    Trump administration must defuse crisis with its ally, says Sir Peter Westmacott, a former UK ambassador to the United States

    US President Donald J. Trump’s support for an unsubstantiated claim that his predecessor, Barack Obama, asked Britain’s spy agency to eavesdrop on him is a “strange allegation” that “calls into question very important elements of our intelligence relationship,” said Sir Peter Westmacott, a former British ambassador to the United States and a distinguished ambassadorial fellow at the Atlantic Council.

    “This sort of thing does not go on between such very close allies,” Westmacott said, adding, “the intelligence relationship between the US and UK is uniquely close and very precious. It would, in any case, be against US law for any American official to ask us to act in such a way.” Westmacott served as the UK’s ambassador to the United States from January 2012 to January 2016.

    White House spokesman Sean Spicer first...

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  • Trump to Meet British Prime Minister May. Here’s What You Should Know.

    Interview with Sir Peter Westmacott, distinguished ambassadorial fellow at the Atlantic Council

    US President Donald Trump will meet British Prime Minister Theresa May—his first meeting with a head of state or government since his inauguration on January 20—at the White House on January 27.

    Sir Peter Westmacott, distinguished ambassadorial fellow at the Atlantic Council who served as the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the United States from 2012-2016, discussed what to expect from the meeting, the future of the US-UK “special relationship,” and the challenges in the transatlantic relationship and those posed by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

    Sir Peter Westmacott spoke in a phone interview with the New Atlanticist’s Ashish Kumar Sen. Here are excerpts from our interview.

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  • Westmacott in the Guardian: To Save Global Liberalism, Time to Look Beyond Government


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  • Westmacott in Financial Times: François Fillon Is an Opponent Marine Le Pen Will Fear


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  • Westmacott in Time: Brexit Britain and Trump’s America Can Have a Special Relationship


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  • Westmacott in The Huffington Post: Brits and Brexit: Don't Do Stupid S***


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  • Sir Peter Westmacott Joins Atlantic Council Future Europe Initiative as Distinguished Ambassadorial Fellow

    WASHINGTON, DC – Sir Peter Westmacott, former British ambassador to the United States and one of the United Kingdom’s most accomplished diplomats and its most recent ambassador in Washington, today joins the Atlantic Council as Distinguished Ambassadorial Fellow in its Future Europe Initiative. Based in London, he will provide critical insight on issues central to the transatlantic relationship, including the UK-US special relationship; Brexit; and the future of Europe, Turkey, and Iran.

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