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Robin Cook on the importance of 1989 ideas

Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Robin Cook, will be speaking at LSE next Thursday (13 January) on how foreign policy has been influenced by the ideas of the 1989 revolutions.

He is part of a distinguished panel which also includes Jan Kavan, Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, and George Papandreou, Foreign Minister of Greece.

During the 1980s there was a ferment of new ideas which arose not from established circles but from new social movements of this period and the communication between them. The rebirth of civil society, concepts like anti-politics or détente from below, the links that were made between peace and human rights all contributed to a new discourse that had an important impact both on thinking and on foreign policy during the 1990s.

This lecture is the last in a series called The Ideas of 1989, which aims to reassess the global political significance of the 1989 revolutions. The series has been organised by LSE's Centre for the Study of Global Governance, headed by Programme Director Mary Kaldor.

This lecture is part of the LSE's free public lecture series. It will take place in the Peacock Theatre, LSE, Portugal Street, London at 6pm.

Admission is by ticket only - for a free ticket call Sadler's Wells box office, 020 7863 8222, quoting 'Foreign Policy Lecture'. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday noon-6pm.


Note to editors

A limited number of places will be reserved for journalists, if you wish to attend this event please contact the Press Office:
020 7955 7060.

5 January 2000