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Speaker(s): Erkki Tuomioja
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone

Recorded on 8 November 2011 at Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Minister Tuomioja will outline his views on international security challenges and the responses that are urgently needed. He will comment on the state of the European Union and argue for a new, comprehensive foreign and security policy strategy for the EU. He will also set out the prospects for the further deepening of Nordic co-operation.

Erkki Tuomioja is Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, a position he has held since June 2011. He previously served as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2000-2007, and Minister of Trade and Industry from 1999-2000.

He was a member of parliament for the Social Democratic Party from 1970-79 and from 1991 to the present day, serving as vice-chairman of the SDP parliamentary group from 1991-96, and chairman from 1996-99.

He worked as a journalist before being elected to parliament. He was Deputy Mayor in Helsinki 1979-91. He has a PhD in political science, BSc in economics and holds a lectureship in political history in the University of Helsinki. Mr Tuomioja is the author of 18 books, including Europe and the Nordic Fringe written in English and published in 1991.

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