Lord Paddy Ashdown is the former leader of the Lib Dem party, an EU and UN representative and an internationally renowned speaker with a vast knowledge of international politics and strategic issues.
In 1972, Paddy left the Royal Marines and joined the Foreign Office. He was posted to the British Mission to the United Nations in Geneva where he was responsible for Britain's relations with a number of UN organisations and took part in the negotiation of several international treaties and agreements between 1974 and 1976.
He stood as the Liberal Parliamentary candidate for the Yeovil constituency in 1979, was elected Leader of the Liberal Democrats in July 1988 and appointed as a Privy Councillor in January 1989. Paddy stood down as the leader of the Liberal Democrats in 1999 and retired from the Commons in 2001.
During the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Paddy was one of the leading and most vocal advocates for decisive action by the international community. He argued strongly that this would help bring the conflict to an early close, and that this was in the interests of all the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina whatever their ethnic background. Lord Ashdown was the UN High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina from May 2002 until January 2006.
He lectures and speaks to audiences worldwide on a variety of international and strategic issues.
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