The Whitehall Group are delighted to be welcoming Sir Laurie Bristow KCMG, former British Ambassador to Afghanistan as guest speaker during lunch on Thursday, 15th September. During lunch Sir Laurie will be discussing “Lessons from Afghanistan as we assess Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?”.
Sir Laurence Bristow KCMG is a British diplomat who served as British Ambassador to Afghanistan between June and November 2021, notably during the fall of Kabul. Prior to this, Sir Laurie Bristow was the COP26 Regional Ambassador to the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia. He served as British Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 2004 to 2007 and British Ambassador to Russia from 2016 to 2020.
Sir Laurie was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) “for services to British foreign policy interests and national security” in the 2015 New Year Honours and promoted as Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 2019 New Year Honours. To see his full biography click on the link Sir Laurie Bristow KCMG – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
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The Whitehall Group is a high level policy discussion and thought leadership group whose members are mainly Cambridge alumni or those connected with the University of Cambridge. The Whitehall Group, a forum of the Cambridge University Land Society (CULS) hosts a series of lunches and dinners for approximately 15 – 20 attendees under the Chatham House Rules. The forum allows members and their guests to meet and discuss matters that are outside of their regular business / professional lives. We count amongst our members and supporters current and former Ministers, Diplomats and senior business executives. Past speakers have included Ambassadors, Ministers, Commissioners and leading academics and journalists. Speakers are invited to talk to the group on a current subject of political or economic interest.