BREXIT, National Security, Trump and the 'Special Relationship'

Global Choices Series

Former Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE, discusses war, security and terrorism during a lecture at the University of South Wales (USW) later this month.

During his tenure as Head of MI6, the service witnessed the 9/11 attacks in the US, the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq and an RPG attack on the service itself at its Vauxhall branch.

Few subjects today generate sharper reactions than that of the line democratic states tread in carrying out surveillance in the interests of protecting national security.

Sir Richard Dearlove will examine the extent to which the UK's national security has been influenced by its EU membership and how Brexit will affect the UK's situation as Europe's leading defence and intelligence power.

He will discuss the sort of scenarios which could affect the evolution of the 'Special Relationship' under the Trump presidency, whilst considering what derivatives these new variables could produce in the UK's national security policy and their likely influence on the larger issue of European security.


The lecture is being held on Friday, January 27 at noon at USW’s Pontypridd Campus, Upper Glyntaff.

It is open to members of the public, as well as school and college groups. The lecture is part of the Global Choice: Talking Points series.

To book your space on the free lecture, complete the online form at