Jul 10

Past Event

Iraq, Afghanistan and Beyond: The UK-U.S. Partnership in a Changing World

Event Materials



  • Special Bond between U.S. and UK

    Strobe Talbott: There is a special bond between the United States and the UK built on significant events in history, unwavering ideals and common goals.

    Strobe Talbott

  • Mutual Security and Understanding

    Secretary Browne says that the years of collaboration between the United States and the United Kingdom have provided a strong foundation of mutual security and understanding.

  • Support for War in Iraq

    The war in Iraq, Secretary Browne says has no quick and easy end. He says our two countries have made tremendous strides there and that Iraq needs our continued support.

  • Persevere in Afghanistan

    Afghanistan''s people have suffered much in recent years, Secretary Browne says. He adds that a coalition of governments must persevere if there is to be a resolution in Afghanistan.


On July 10, the Brookings Institution hosted the British Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Des Browne MP, for a discussion of British and U.S. policies in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond—now and with the change in U.S. leadership in 2009. Secretary Browne spoke about Britain's experiences in Afghanistan and its commitments in Iraq. The Secretary also discussed the future of the transatlantic military alliance as well as Britain’s current national security priorities.

Tony Blair appointed Browne to the office of Secretary of State for Defence in May 2006. A Scottish Labour Party politician, Browne was also appointed Secretary of State for Scotland in June 2007. As Britain’s Defense Secretary, Browne is responsible for making and executing the U.K.’s defense policies. His responsibilities include oversight of all military operations, personnel and finance for the Ministry of Defence and its agencies.

Brookings President Strobe Talbott provided introductory remarks. Daniel Benjamin, senior fellow and director, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings, moderated an audience question and answer session at the conclusion of Secretary Browne’s address.

Event Agenda


July 10, 2008

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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