David Owen served as foreign secretary under James Callaghan from 1977 until 1979, and later co-founded and went on to lead the Social Democratic Party. Lord Owen is the author several history books including The Hidden Perspective, Cabinet’s Finest Hour and Hubris: The Road to Donald Trump.
Britain’s relationship with Russia is surprisingly under-explored. While the two formed a pragmatic alliance and fought together at Navarino in 1827, the countries would fight on opposite sides in the Crimean War and jostle for power in ‘the Great Game’. Churchill opposed Bolshevism, yet he never stopped advocating diplomatic and military engagement with Russia. With characteristic insight and expertise, David Owen will show how both countries have responded to their geopolitical decline in recent decades. Drawing on both imperial and Soviet history, he will explain the unique nature of Putin’s autocracy and address Britain’s return to ‘blue water’ diplomacy.