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Lecture by the Irish Ambassador

Monday 26 October 2020, 20:00 - 21:30

The world is changing rapidly, no only are we facing the impact of climate change in the grand scheme of things, but political revolutions also loom, as the final Brexit deadline is fast approaching, and the upcoming American elections will determine the course of global affairs for the next 4 years. Yet, in these tumultuous times, Ireland seems to be braving the storm. Despite facing struggles with the Northern Irish Border and the flare up of internal political divisions, Ireland’s ties to the EU remain strong, and Irish diplomacy upholds her interests. In this upcoming lecture we will get to know the perspectives on such matters of His Excellency, Ambassador of Ireland to the Netherlands, Kevin Kelly.

Before being appointed as Ireland’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Ambassador Kelly served as Director for OSCE, Council of Europe, UN Coordination and Conflict Resolution in the Political Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin. Prior to that, he was Director for Humanitarian Affairs in the Development Cooperation Division of the Department (2011-2014). Between 2007 and 2011, he served as Ambassador to Uganda and Rwanda based in Kampala. Before that he worked as Director for Africa in Political Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, as Head of Development in the Embassy of Ireland in Ethiopia and as Senior Governance Adviser for the World Bank in Addis Ababa.

With a diverse political experience and much impressive experience, Ambassador Kelly should be able to answer any of your curiosities with regards to Ireland’s foreign policy.

The lecture and Q&A will take place via zoom and is free and open for everybody. If you can’t attend on Zoom, it will also be livestreamed on SIB-Groningen’s facebook page and youtube channel.


Monday 26 October 2020
20:00 - 21:30
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