AEJ Guests 1968-2016


29 November 2016
Alex Salmond

Former First Minister of Scotland  and Scottish National Party spokesman on international affairs and Europe in the UK Parliament. Along with two of his fellow SNP MPs, Salmond provided a preview of his party’s plans regarding Brexit at one of the most remarkable meetings of the year.
SNP post-Brexit plans
Notes on Salmond meeting from AEJ members David Lennon and Rick Thompson.

8 November 2016
Mehmet Öğütçü
Former Turkish diplomat, OECD executive and now chairman of Global Resources Partnership, a London-based international consultancy.
Mr. Öğütçü provided a detailed briefing on Turkey in the wake of an apparent coup on July 15 and subsequent purge and crackdown on opponents of Prime Minister Erdogan.
Report on Öğütçü meeting from AEJ member Nevsal Hughes.

19 September 2016
Alexander Stubb
Former prime minister, finance minister, and leader of Finland’s centre-right National Coalition Party.
A long-time and experienced EU insider in multiple trade and diplomatic roles, Stubb has his own suggestions for “soft Brexit” to offset the damage to European stability and liberal values.
Before stepping down as finance minister and party leader, Stubb served Finland as trade and Europe Minister, foreign minister, MEP and as an adviser to EU Commission President Romano Prodi.
Notes on Stubb meeting from William Horsley.

5 September 2016
Sir Simon Fraser
Retired permanent under-secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, trade negotiator, and now managing partner at business consultancy Flint Global. For more on his insider’s view on the details, complications and issues of Brexit: AEJ memberJonathan Fryer’s blog
BBC news report

14 July 2016
Axelle Lemaire
Minister for Digital Affairs in the French Ministry for the Economy and Industry since April 2014.
Notes on the Lemaire meeting from UK chairman William Horsley.

6 May 2016
Dan Mulhall
Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain.

15 April 2016
Lord Norman Lamont
UK government Trade Envoy for Iran and former Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Report on Lamont meeting

26 February 2016
Dr Gerard Lyons
Chief Economic Adviser to the Mayor of London
29 January 2016
Maurice Frankel
Director, Campaign for Freedom of Information  


4 December 2015
David McAllister MEP
Chancellor Merkel’s special envoy for relations with the UK.
AEJ member Jonathan Fryer on Germany wants Britain in the EU Laurence Peter’s Germany warns UK on rules for EU migrants for BBC News.
David MCallister profile

2 November 2015
Dominic Grieve QC MP
Chairman of the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee; Attorney General 2010-14.
Laurence Peter’s report for BBC News
Dominic Grieve

6 October 2015
Eugenio Ambrosi
European Regional Head of the International Organisation for Migration. See Laurence Peter’s
report for BBC News

10 July 2015
Richard Howitt MEP Member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
Jonathan Fryer’s blog

26 May 2015
Dr Igor Sutyagin
RUSI research fellow, exiled Russian expert on arms control.
Sutyagin profile at

17 April 2015
Richard Barrett
Adviser on counter-terrorism measures, formerly in the UK security service.
Barrett profile at

24 March 2015
Lord (Mark) Malloch-Brown Former Deputy UN Secretary-General and Minister at the FCO.

3 March 2015
Pat McFadden MP Shadow Minister for Europe.

30 January 2015
Robert Tombs Professor of Modern European History, Cambridge University Professor Tombs wrote about his new book, The English and Their History, in the Irish Times late last year. For his biography, see  


9 December 2014
HE Dr Peter Ammon
Germany’s Ambassador to the UK German embassy

3 October 2014
Lord (Anthony) Lester QC Constitutional and human rights lawyer, LibDem member of the House of Lords.
Lord Lester of

8 September 2014
Fawaz A Gerges
Professor of International Relations at LSE, author and specialist in Middle East affairs.

4 July 2014
Margaret Macmillan
Professor of International History at Oxford University, Warden of St Anthony’s College, author of The War that Ended Peace.

20 June 2014
Anne Applebaum
Author, journalist and sovietologist

14 March 2014
EP election special
Simon Hix
Professor of European and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics
Derk Jan Eppink
Retiring Conservatives and Reformists Group MEP for Brussels.
poll analysis
Simon Hix
EP voting generally

21 February 2014
Dr Ian Brown
Associate Director, Cyber Security Centre Oxford University
Précis of Dr Brown’s PowerPoint talk.

27 January 2014
Gus Hosein
Executive Director of Privacy International
Jonathan Fryer’s blog


HE Mr Yiğit Alpogan
Christopher Andrew
Lord (Paddy) Ashdown
Jacques Attali
HE Giorgi Badridze
Muhammad Abdul Bari
William D Barnard
Lord (Nicholas) Bethel
Fatih Birol
Sir Michael Bishop
Emma Bonino
HE Mr Georg Boomgaarden
Lord Boston
Sharon Bowles
Sir Nicolas Bratza
Lord (Leon) Brittan
HE Mr José Maurício Bustani
Stephen Byers
Mark Byford
Sir Menzies Campbell
HE Mr Staffan Carlsson
Lord Carrington
Lord (Alex) Carlile
Carles Casajuana i Palet
Michael Cassidy
HE Ünal Çeviköz
Shami Chakrabarti
Kenneth Clarke
Lord (Stanley) Clinton Davis
Lord Cockfield
David Coleridge
Lord (Paul) Condon
Michael Connarty
Robin Cook
Richard Corbett
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles
Lord (Ralf) Dahrendorf
Howard Davies
Peter Duncan
Spyros Economides
John Edmonds
Bill Emmott
Michael Fallon
Matthew Fell
Caroline Flint
Franco Frattini
Declan Ganley
Sir Timothy Garden
Lord (Tristan) Garel-Jones
Bruce George
Sir Edward George
Misha Glenny
HE M Maurice Gourdault-Montagne
Michael Grade
Christopher Graham
Pauline Green

Sir Jeremy Greenstock
Gérard Grunberg
HE Ivan Grdešić
Lord Guthrie
Stelios Haji-Ioannou
Peter Hain
Andrew Haldane
Lord (David) Hannay
Daniel Hannan
Miklós Haraszti
Lord Haskins
Lord (Roy) Hattersley
Geoff Hoon
Sir Edward Heath
Sir Denys Henderson
Peter Hennessy
Lord (Michael) Heseltine
Lord (David) Howell
Lord (Douglas) Hurd
Wolfgang Ischinger
Sir Francis Jacobs QC
Lord (Roy) Jenkins
Christopher Johnson
Eva Joly
Jack Jones
DeAnne Julius
Sir Gerald Kaufman
Lord (John) Kerr
Lord (Neil) Kinnock
Jimmy Knapp
Miroslav Kolatek
Lord (John) Krebs
Chandrashekhar Krishnan
Richard Lambert
Ruth Lea
Lord Kingsdown (Robin Leigh-Pemberton)
Jean Lemierre
David Lewis
David Lidington
Lord Mackay of Clashfern
Monica Macovei
David Marsh
Edward McMillan-Scott
Josef Matějka
Dame Judith Mayhew
Lord (Andrew) McIntosh
Lord (Peter) Melchett
Patrick Mercer
Sir Christopher Meyer
John Monks
Sir Alastair Morton
Jon Moulton
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
Ma’ajid Nawaz 

Lady Pauline Neville-Jones
Archie Norman
Sir Gus O’Donnell
Michael O’Flaherty
Dick Oosting
Ambassador Marc Otte
Lord (David) Owen
Ricardo Pascual
Bremon Friedbert Pflüger
Lord (Henry) Plumb
Sir Charles Powell
Lady Joyce Quin
Bill Rammell
John Redwood
Jacques Reland
Emma Reynolds
Lord (Ivor) Richard
Sir Malcolm Rifkind
Lord (George) Robertson
James Rubin
Jago Russell
Sir Iqbal Sacranie
Derek Scott
Anthony Seldon
Jamie Shea
Lilia Shevtsova
Lord (David) Simon
Iain Duncan Smith
Lord (Christopher) Soames
Jacob Soderman
Xavier Solana
Dame Valerie Strachan
Gisela Stuart
Daniel Tarschys
Lady Margaret Thatcher
Richard Thomas
HE Mr Kim Traavik
HE Mrs Barbara Tuge-Erecińska
Lord (Adair) Turner
Stephen Tsang
Sir Brian Unwin Karel van Miert
Keith Vaz
Christopher Walker
Sir Stephen Wall
Lord (William) Wallace
Graham Watson
Robert Watson
Lady Shirley Williams
David Williamson
Norman Willis
Nick Witney
Sir Robert Worcester
Yaşar Yakiş
Richard Youngs
HE Mr Michael Žantovský