Catherine Ashton & Luke Harding | The Diplomacy of War In Ukraine

Sat 18 Nov 2023 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Catherine Ashton & Luke Harding
Catherine Ashton & Luke Harding
and then what
Mary Hockaday

Modern-day diplomacy mostly takes place behind closed doors, so what does this vital role really look like in today’s world? Former foreign policy chief of the EU Catherine Ashton tackles these questions, alongside Guardian foreign correspondent Luke Harding, to interrogate the diplomatic causes and reverberations of the war in Ukraine. 

In conversation with Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge Mary Hockaday.

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage (Old Divinity School)

Duration: 1 hour

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Author biographies

Baroness Catherine Ashton served as the European Union’s first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy from 2009 to 2014, and the first female EU Commissioner for Trade. She is a life peer and former Leader of the House of Lords, and served as a UK government minister in the Education and Justice departments. She is a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC and a consultant to the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. 

Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian‘s Moscow bureau chief; the Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the cold war. He is the author of Mafia State and co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (nominated for the Orwell Prize) and The Snowden Files. Two of Harding’s books have been made into films; The Fifth Estate and Snowden. His most recent book is Invasion: Russia’s Bloody War and Ukraine’s Fight for Survival. 

Chair biography

Mary Hockaday is a British journalist. She is the former controller of BBC World Service English and was previously head of the BBC Newsroom. She’s a non-executive director, trustee and speaker, as well as Master of Trinity Hall.