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Baroness Catherine Ashton: And Then What? Inside Stories of 21st-Century Diplomacy

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Wednesday 1 November 2023





Lecture Theatre, Law and Psychology

Headshot of Baroness Catherine AshtonBaroness Catherine Ashton will discuss her journey to the top of international politics.

As part of Edge Hill University’s 90th Anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to welcome back our Honorary Doctorate, Baroness Catherine Ashton to deliver a talk based on her memoir And Then What: Inside Stories of 21st-Century Diplomacy.

Cover of Catherine Ashton's 'And Then What? Inside Stories of 21st-Century Diplomacy'

Catherine Ashton, author of And Then What: Inside Stories of 21st-Century Diplomacy, served as the European Union’s first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy from 2009 to 2014. Ashton faced the challenge of representing the views and values of 28 nations during one of the most turbulent periods in living memory, leading historic negotiations such as the Serbia-Kosovo Accord of 2013 and the Iran nuclear negotiations. She encountered dictators and war criminals, and witnessed the aftermath of natural disasters, military action and political instability.

During this talk, Ashton will take us behind the scenes to show us what worked and what didn’t, and how it felt to play a part in tackling some of the major international crises of our times.


  • 12pm free welcome lunch
  • 12:30 pm talk- followed by Q&A

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