The Beaumont are delighted to present the next event in their popular literary series on Wednesday 6 September with Diplomat Baroness Catherine Ashton reading from her memoir And Then What?: Inside Stories of 21st Century Diplomacy.
From 2009 to 2014, Catherine Ashton was the EU’s first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security. Arriving in Brussels with no significant experience of international diplomacy, she faced the challenge of representing the views and values of 28 nations during one of the most turbulent periods in living memory. From Russia’s invasion of Crimea to the Iran nuclear negotiations, she led the EU’s response, charting a path towards collaboration and stability.
There were challenges, failures and occasional triumphs. She encountered dictators and war criminals, and witnessed the aftermath of natural disasters, military action and political instability. Now for the first time she takes 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.
Prior to each reading and discussion, guests are invited to enjoy drinks with canapés in the Lotos Room’s lobby. Each guest will also receive a copy of And Then What? as part of their ticket, with an opportunity for signing after the talk.