Former British prime minister to look at ‘The World That Lies Ahead’

Sir John Major, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, will present the George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture in International Studies at Yale today (Nov. 30) at 4 p.m.

His talk, “Fantasy to Reality: The World that Lies Ahead,” will be held in Henry R. Luce Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue. Sponsored by the MacMillan Center and the Center for the Study of Globalization, it is free and open to the public.

Major served as prime minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1997. Under his leadership, the Northern Ireland peace process was begun, Britain successfully negotiated the Maastricht Treaty, and — along with the United States under President George H.W. Bush — the UK entered the First Gulf War. Succeeded as prime minister by Tony Blair, Major continued to serve in Parliament until his retirement in 2001.

In 1999, Queen Elizabeth awarded Major the Companion of Honour, in recognition of his initiation of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. In 2005, he was appointed a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter — England’s highest award for chivalry — by the Queen.

George Herbert Walker III, formerly the U.S. ambassador to Hungary, established this lecture series in 1986 in memory of his father, a graduate of the Yale Class of 1927. Previous George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecturers in International Studies have included Paul Wolfowitz, George Schultz, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Madeleine Albright, Brent Scowcroft, James Baker III, George Mitchell, Richard Holbrooke, Carla Hills, Strobe Talbott, Christopher Hill, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Richard Goldstone.

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