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Foreign Policy Group

Researcher: Andrew Gilmore

H.E. Pádraig Murphy

The Chair of the IIEA Foreign Policy group is H.E. Pádraig Murphy, distinguished former Irish Ambassador and is currently serving as a Special Representative dealing with frozen conflicts during Ireland's presidency of the OSCE. During his career with the Department of Foreign Affairs he was posted to Russia, Germany, Japan and Spain among others, as well as serving as Political Director of the Department.

About the group:

The IIEA Foreign Policy group analyses major questions of international relations and global governance. It examines themes such as democratisation, human rights, peacebuilding and multilateralism. The group explores in particular EU relations with third countries, regional conflict and integration, the role of civil society, and developments in international organisations, such as the United Nations. 

Regular events are held with Foreign Ministers from EU and non-EU countries, leading figures in international organisations, experts from the European External Action Service (EEAS) and distinguished international relations scholars.

Previous speakers:



Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University

Kurt Bassuener, Co-Founder of the Democratisation Policy Council


Eamon Gilmore, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

Pavlo Klimkin, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine

Bozidar Djelic, Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia

Viorel Isticioaia Badura, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific in the EEAS

Edward Nalbandian, Foreign Minister of Armenia

David O’Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer of the EEAS

Pierre Morel, EU Special Representative for Central Asia

Nickolay Mladenov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria

Lord David Owen

Proinsias De Rossa, MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council

Professor Rosemary Hollis, City University London

H.E. Jaakko Iloniemi and H.E. Nina Vaskunlahti, Finnish diplomats and experts on Russia

Dr Robin Niblett Director, Chatham House

Eldad Beck, journalist with Israel’s Yedioth Ahronot

H.E. Andrew Heyn, British Ambassador to Burma


Minister Micheál Martin, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Francois Roux, Chief Diplomatic Advisor to the Belgian State Secretary for European Affairs

Markus Meckel, Member of the German Bundestag and last Foreign Minister of the German Democratic Republic

H.E. Julian Beresford King, British Ambassador to Ireland

Paul Johnston, UK Foreign Commonwealth Office

Peter Gottwald, German Foreign Ministry

H.E. Eitvydas Bajrunas, Political Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania

David Gardner, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times

Alon Ben-David, Israeli journalist

Manuchehr Mottaki, Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs

Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs

Jolyon Howorth, visiting Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Yale University


Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General, United Nations

Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy

Marc Otte, EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process



Mehdi Safari, Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran

Richard Yung, Member of the French Senate

Maarti Ahtisaari, 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner


Karel de Gucht, Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Colleen P. Graffy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, US State Department

Vardan Oskanian, Armenian Minister for Foreign Affairs


Rt. Hon. Lord Goldsmith QC, Attorney General of the UK

Shyam Saran, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India

Mark Otte, EU Special Representative for the Middle East

Andras Barsony, Political State Secretary of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

Magda Váìáryová. State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic


Anand Panyarachun, former Prime Minister of Thailand

Valeriu Ostalep, Deputy Foreign Minister of Moldova

Lord David Hannay

Graham Avery, Director General RELEX, European Commission

Salome Zourabichvili, Georgian Foreign Minister


Karl von Wogau, MEP

Niall Burgess, Department of Foreign Affairs, seconded to the Solana-led policy unit at the Council of the European Union

Professor Mary Kaldor, LSE

Andrew Cottey, Department of Government at University College Cork

Eunan O’Halpin, Department of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin


Javier Solana, High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy

James Wolfensohn, President, World Bank

Chris Patten, European Commissioner for External Relations

Catherine Day, European Commission

Alison Bailes, Director of the Swedish Institute of European Affairs

Mostafa El Feki, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Egyptian Parliament


Catherine Day, DG External Relations at the European Commission

Carl Bildt, former Swedish Prime Minister and UN Special Representative for the Balkans


Chris Patten, European Commissioner for External Relations

Catherine Day, Deputy Director-General for External Relations, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and South Mediterranean, European Commission


Javier Solana, High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy

Des Dowling, Irish Department of Defence

Professor Gerhard Haffner, University of Vienna


Noel Dorr, former Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs

Henri Zipper de Fabiani, Deputy Director for Strategic Affairs, French Ministry of Defence

Fraser Cameron, Political Advisor, European Commission DG1

Paul Gillespie, Foreign Editor, The Irish Times

Christopher Hill, Professor of International Relations at LSE

Richard Townsend, Political Director, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs

Hans Peter Neuhold, Director, Austrian Institute for International Affairs at the University of Vienna


Alison Bailes, Political Director of the Western European Union

Declan Kelliher, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs

Dessie O’Malley, TD

Pronsias de Rossa, TD, President of the Labour Party


Fraser Cameron, European Commission DG1A


Andrew Gilmore

Andrew Gilmore

Deputy Director of Research andrew.gilmore@iiea.com
Foreign Policy Group