Dinner Club Event: The International Conference as an Instrument of Diplomacy

This meeting of the Society’s Asian Dinner Club (Dinner Club Members and their guests only) will be addressed by


A former member of the British Diplomatic Service

Merrick Baker-Bates is a former member of the Diplomatic Service with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University and a diploma in European Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges. He dabbled in journalism in Brussels before joining the Foreign Office.   As a diplomat he served in Japan, the USA and Malaysia.  From London he was involved with human rights and development issues at the UN and later headed departments dealing with South America and the Falkland Islands.   He took 4 years off from diplomacy in mid-career to be the General Manager of a trading company in Japan, working for the late Hong Kong based shipping and real estate magnate, Sir Y K Pao.  The process of diplomacy has been described as “the ordered conduct of relations between one group of human beings and another group alien to themselves”.  Merrick believes that a sense of humour is an essential ingredient of success in such relations and he will seek to illustrate this from his own experiences.  

21 November 2016

Where: David Lloyd George Room, National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1

7.00pm for 7.30pm

Dress Code: Men - Jacket and tie

Tickets: Dinner Club Members and their guests only: £50 (includes dinner and wine)

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