On November 29, the Brookings Institution welcomed David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom. Mr. Cameron discussed recent developments in the Balkans and the looming challenges to stability in the region.
David Cameron was elected Conservative Party leader by an overwhelming majority in December 2005. Previously he had held the positions of shadow deputy leader of the House of Commons (2003); deputy chairman of the Conservative Party (2003); front bench spokesman on local government finance (2004); and head of policy coordination up until May 2005. After the general election in 2005, Mr. Cameron held the position of shadow secretary of state for education and skills.
Mr. Cameron was first elected as a Member of Parliament in June 2001. Prior to his election, he worked at high-level positions in business and government, including serving as director of corporate affairs at Carlton Communication PLC, one of the UK’s leading media companies, and working as a special advisor at the British Home Office and the Treasury.
Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Carlos Pascual provided introductory remarks. Daniel Benjamin, senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe, moderated the discussion.
Involving [Japan, Australia, US and India in a "quad" to counterbalance China’s growing power in the region] was seen as too provocative back then. So to do this on the sidelines of [the ASEAN 2017 Summit] is a significant break from the past.