Event Highlights: Inside Stories of 21st Century Diplomacy with Cathy Ashton

This event with Cathy Ashton, hosted by the Pardee School of Global Studies, the Center for the Study of Europe at Boston University, and the Wilson Center, took place at Boston University on Thursday, March 16, 2023. The conversation, which centered around Ashton’s latest book, And Then What?: Inside Stories of 21st Century Diplomacy, was moderated by Kaija Schilde, Jean Monnet Professor of European Security and Defense and Director of BU’s Center for the Study of Europe.


The Right Honourable Baroness Catherine Ashton served as the European Union’s first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy from 2009 to 2014. She earned wide praise as a negotiator, leading the P5+1 talks on Iran’s nuclear program and galvanizing agreement between Serbia and Kosovo.

Previously, Baroness Ashton served as the first woman Commissioner for Trade in the European Commission and the first woman British European Commissioner. A Life Peer in the British House of Lords, she is a former nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, among other accolades. She served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Wilson Center in 2017.


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