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

And Then What?

Inside Stories of 21st-Century Diplomacy

By: Catherine Ashton

Paperback | 19 July 2023

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What does a diplomat actually do? Ashton takes us behind the scenes of major crises in Ukraine, Iran and more to reveal how modern- day diplomacy really works.

So much of modern-day diplomacy still takes place behind closed doors, away from cameras and prying eyes. So what does this vital role really look like in today’s world – and what does it take to do it well?

From 2009 to 2014, Cathy Ashton was the EU’s first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security. Arriving in Brussels as a relative novice to international diplomacy, she faced the challenge of representing the views and values of 28 nations during one of the most turbulent times in living memory. Decades-old certainties were swept away in days. Hope rose and fell, often in a matter of hours.

From the escalating conflict over Ukraine to the Iran nuclear deal, there were challenges, failures and moments of success. She encountered dictators and war criminals, and witnessed the aftermath of natural disasters, military action, and political instability. An ‘honest broker’, she navigated the needs of opposing politicians to chart a path towards collaboration and stability.

Now Ashton takes us behind the scenes to show us what worked and what didn’t. From Serbia to Somalia, Libya to Haiti, she offers essential insight into how modern diplomacy works, examining the tools needed to find our way through the many challenges we face today.

About the Author

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, as well as serving as a UK government minister in the Education and Justice departments. She is Chair of the Global Europe Programme at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, senior policy advisor to Chatham House and a consultant to the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

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