The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula might be small in landmass and population, but its geopolitical importance is great. Situated in a strategic location near the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar has played an important role throughout regional history. Thanks to the access to British military bases that the United States enjoys because of the Anglo-American Special Relationship, Gibraltar has been used by the U.S. Navy many times since American ships first entered its harbor during the Barbary Wars of 1801-1805. Gibraltar has been British since 1704 and today has a population of 30,000 – a majority of whom are British citizens. The principle of self-determination remains more important than ever as Spain continues to claim Gibraltar as their own.
Join us as Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo discusses modern Gibraltar, the importance of self-determination for the people of Gibraltar, as well as the strategic and geopolitical importance of Gibraltar for both the United Kingdom and the United States.
More About the Speakers
The Honorable Fabian Picardo
Chief Minister of Gibraltar
Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy