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The HJS Virtual Event Series: 'Is the UK Border Force Fit for Purpose? A Discussion with The Hon. Alexander Downer' - Monday 5th Sep, 6pm-7pm (BST)
The UK Border Force has come under fire in light of the increasing number of Channel crossings made by migrants and the measures around the detention of those seeking asylum. The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has faced criticism on what some see as her indecisiveness in acting on information that would ease the pressure on the Border Force and provide a more efficient service that would allow the Border Force to act better in the interests of national security.

In order to discuss this situation and to ascertain the possibilities for Border Force reform, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to welcome The Hon. Alexander J G Downer AC. Mr Downer is the author of the recent independent review of Border Force, commissioned by the Home Secretary and published in July 2022. The review presented findings on the capability of the Force to deal with present pressures on the UK border and offered advice on the training, structure, oversight, leadership and external partnership among other suggestions. Mr Downer will talk about his review and the state of the UK Border Force.

Sep 5, 2022 06:00 PM in London

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The Hon. Alexander J G Downer AC
Executive Chair of the International School for Government @King’s College London Chairman of the Trustees
The Hon. Alexander J G Downer AC was a Member of the Australian Parliament for Mayo for over twenty years. He led the Australian Liberal Party in 1994–95 and is the longest serving Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs (1996–2007). Mr Downer was also Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (2014–18).   Mr Downer was the Executive Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, in which he worked on peace talks between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots. He is currently Executive Chair of the International School for Government at King’s College London, Chairman of the Trustees at Policy Exchange, and a Trustee of the International Crisis Group.
Dr Stepan Stepanenko
Research Fellow @The Henry Jackson Society
Dr Stepan Stepanenko received his BA (Hons) and MA by research from the University of York and went on to complete a PhD at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes of Paris Sciences et Lettres with a focus on Ukraine. In his academic career Stepan presented at a multitude of academic conferences and authored publications in peer reviewed journals, individually and in collaboration. He is also currently an Associate Member of the CNRS UMR 8167. In British politics, Stepan has worked with the Conservative Party, running for election in the London Borough of Barnet in 2014 and co-founding the Conservative Friends of Ukraine in 2021. He continues to work on cross party humanitarian projects with a focus on Ukraine.