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European Security and the New Global Challenges

Tuesday 4 March, 2pm 
Peacock Theatre

A debate with Yannos Papantoniou, Greek Minister of National Defence and EU Council Presidency, and Alessandro Minuto Rizzo, NATO Deputy Secretary General. The new global challenges and the major security issues facing Europe will be debated by these leading EU politicians at the LSE on Tuesday 4 March. This topical public debate is being organised by the LSE Hellenic Observatory and the Athens Institute for Defence Analyses.

The event in the Peacock Theatre at 2pm will be chaired by Professor Kevin Featherstone, director of the Hellenic Observatory at LSE. He said: 'The future of the European Union's role and capability in defence and security matters is the focus of intense public discussion on both sides of the Atlantic. The crisis over Iraq has highlighted tensions within both the European Union and NATO.

'The Greek EU Presidency has shown itself to be adept at taking initiatives, such as the recent special EU summit, and in heightening an EU consensus. The LSE's Hellenic Observatory is therefore taking the opportunity of the current Greek Presidency of the European Union to host a major public debate on the way forward for Europe.'

This lecture is free but a ticket is required. Members of the public can obtain a ticket by either 'phoning the public lecture ticket line on 020 7955 6100 or by emailing events@lse.ac.uk|.

Note: Regrettably, Dr Javier Solana is now unable to speak at this debate. 

Tuesday 4 March, 6pm
Clement House

This event will be followed by a further event at 6pm the same day, Tuesday 4 March, in Clement House, LSE, where a panel of speakers will include Roger Boyes of The Times, Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, King's College, London, Quentin Peel, The Financial Times, and Professor Paul Taylor, director of LSE's European Institute. This is another public discussion, to be chaired by Dr Dimitris N Chryssochoou, scientific Director of the Defence Analysis Institute, Athens, with closing remarks from Argiris A Fatouros, president of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture and Emeritus Professor at the University of Athens.

This debate is also free and open to all but entry will be on a first come, first served basis.


To reserve a press ticket for either the 2pm or 6pm event, please contact Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email: j.a.higgin@lse.ac.uk|

24 February 2003