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The Atlantic Council’s Europe Center is delighted to launch Sir Peter Westmacott’s new book entitled They Call It Diplomacy: Forty Years of Representing Britain Abroad on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

Sir Peter Westmacott spent more than forty years as a British diplomat, retiring in 2016 after spending four years as British Ambassador to the United States during President Obama’s second term. He also served as ambassador to Turkey and France, having begun his overseas career in Iran in the 1970s.

His new book They Call It Diplomacy mounts a vigorous defense of the continuing relevance of the diplomat in an age of instant communication, social media and special envoys; looks critically at the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US; offers trenchant views on the Brexit referendum and its aftermath; and provides invaluable how-to advice for anyone contemplating a career of their own in diplomacy.

Ambassador Capricia Marshall, who served as Chief of Protocol in the White House for much of the time he was Ambassador in Washington, and the author of Protocol: the Power of Diplomacy and How to Make it Work for You, will discuss his new book, and the lessons it contains, with Sir Peter.

This conversation will take place on Zoom and will be broadcast on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. In order to receive the event information, please register using the button above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to watch the event.


Moderated by

Introduction by

H.E. Dame Karen Pierce

Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the United States