The World’s View of America: A residential conference at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK

The Lodge is hosting a senior level conference and would like to invite LSE alumni. The conference will feature key people in business, politics, foreign relations, and religion debating and discussing the place of America in today's world.

Friday, April 13th through Sunday, April 15th

In the last several decades, particularly since 9/11, public sentiments regarding the United States have changed dramatically. Fiery condemnations and heart-felt protests have swum to the surface of popular discourse; we hear of the inequalities of capitalism, the contradictions of globalization and other negativities as being tied to U.S. policy. Anti-American sentiment has not deterred the U.S. from perusing its on-going feuds with the states of Iraq, Iran, Syria, North Korea, China, Columbia, Venezuela, and Russia. Its relation with the U.N., the weak dollar policy to increase exports, seemingly hypocritical refusals to maintain free-trade agreements or sign documents related to global warming, the U.N. convention on the rights of the child, the Hague Convention, (and others) have all raised awareness, questions, and scorn regarding U.S. intent.

However, if on one hand America stands as a straw man for the world’s ills, then on the other it is a partner in a secret love affair. There is more than one answer to the question “What is America?” - the idea of which has inspired artists, musicians, and politicians. For centuries “America” has awkwardly inhabited both the realm of dream and the realm of practice. It is held up as a beacon of freedom when needed but hounded as tyrant once political winds shift.

This conference will aim toward a balanced debate about the United States. At the core will be the question of what America is and is not. This will prompt further questions, namely aimed at understanding whether there is something fundamentally different about the America of this century compared to the America of past centuries.

The Conference Programme will run from 4pm on Friday until just after lunch on the Sunday with seven plenaries, a couple of discussion group sessions, and allowing some free time to walk in the Great Park or have informal conversations in the bar.

Conference Fees
£310 corporate rate; £190 voluntary sector/academic rate; £50 Student rate; £75 day rate.
Accommodation and excellent meals are included in the conference fee.

To register for this conference, please email: Janis Reeves or
Tel: (+44) 01784 497794

Please Note:  This is not an AFLSE sponsored event.

The World’s View of America
Draft Programme as of March 6, 2007

Friday 13 April
15:30 Arrival, tea
16:30 Welcome by Alastair Niven
16:45 What does the world really think of America? And why? The Rt Hon The Lord Holme of Cheltenham CBE (Chairman, Globescan Inc.)
19.00 Dinner
20:30 History: how has the world viewed America, is today's view fundamentally different?
Professor Robert Singh, (Politics, Birkbeck University)

Saturday 14 April
09.00 Business Relations: consequences for trade and business? Nick Butler, Director, Cambridge Centre for Energy Studies /The Hon. Mary Jo Jacobi (Former US presidential adviser)/ Stephen Jen (Morgan Stanley, Global Head of Currency Research)
11:00 Religion: What does the religiosity of America mean for the rest of the world? Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, (Archbishop of Westminster) /Tariq Ramadan, (Muslim Scholar)/ Chair: The Reverend Timothy Dobbins, (Author)
13.00 Lunch followed by free time

15:00 Diplomacy and Foreign Relations: does one conduct diplomatic relations differently with America than with other countries? John Sawers CMG, (British Ambassador-designate to the UN) /Colleen Graffy, (US Dept of State, Dep. Asst. Sec. Public Diplomacy)
16.30 Tea
17.00 Discussion Groups

19.00 Dinner
20:30 Arts and Popular Culture: America as an ongoing myth? Christopher Bigsby, (Professor of American Studies, University of East Anglia) /Michael Macy, (Minister for Cultural Affairs, US Embassy, London)

Sunday 15 April
09:00 Immigration and the Development of America: is there still an American dream? HE Alfredo Toro-Hardy, (Venezuelan Ambassador to UK, formerly to US) /Dr. Natasha Warikoo (Inst for the Study of the Americas)
10.30 Coffee (optional) Matins at the Royal Chapel
13.00 Lunch and depart