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Lord Ashdown. leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until 1999 and the international community's high representative in Bosnia Herzegovina from 2002-06, will give a public lecture at LSE on Wednesday 8 March. He will explore The Western Balkans: are they really part of Europe?
The European Union is actively engaged in the reconstruction of the Western Balkans. But after years of bitter conflict, the region remains fragile. Is EU membership a realistic prospect?
Professor Kevin Featherstone, LSE, will chair this event.
The Western Balkans: are they really part of Europe? is on Wednesday 8 March at 1.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.
To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk
This series is hosted by the European Institute at LSE and supported by LSE's Annual Fund.
The next event in the series takes place on Thursday 9 March - Charlie McCreevy, a member of the European Commission and responsible for internal markets and services, will give a lecture on The Development of the European Capital Market.
Lord Ashdown's lecture will be shown on BBC Parliament on Saturday 18 March at 8pm.
Ambassador role for Ashdown in Lib Dem team (7 March 06)
Lord Paddy Ashdown, who stepped down as high representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina last month, will continue to focus on the Balkans but also address wider issues of conflict resolution and reconstruction, including issues with Iraq. He will launch his new role with a speech at LSE next week.
27 February 2006