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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.
Doug Beattie


Part of the Cambridge seminar series on the future of the island of Ireland, co-hosted by Sidney Sussex College and the Centre for Geopolitics, University of Cambridge.

Doug Beattie is the Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), elected to the Assembly in 2016 for the Upper Bann Constituency after serving two years as a Councillor on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for the Portadown electoral area.

Prior to entering politics, Doug served with the Royal Irish Rangers, and subsequently the Royal Irish Regiment for 27 years before joining the Army reserves where he has served for 12 years, rising to the rank of Major. He saw service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, receiving the Queen's Commendation for Bravery and the Military Cross.

As an Ulster Unionist Councillor, Doug was the Armed Forces Champion for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and when he became an MLA he took up the Justice portfolio which he still holds today. A one-time keen rugby player he remains an active supporter of both Ulster and Irish Rugby

Doug will be in conversation with Prof Richard Bourke, Professor of the History of Political Thought and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and Prof Niamh Gallagher, University Associate Professor in Modern British and Irish History and Fellow of St Catharine's College

The conversation will be followed by Q&A. To submit questions in advance please email Dr Barry Colfer on

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Monday, 6 December, 2021 - 18:00 to 19:00
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