The Challenges Ahead – Europe and the World: A Conversation with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine |

The Challenges Ahead - Europe and the World: A Conversation with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine

Public Lecture


The recent global developments indicate a significant challenge to the world’s status quo: globalization is undermined by far-right shifts in Europe, Russia attempts to challenge the existing international order by redrawing borders, and the global economic outlook looks pessimistic as China’s economy matures and cools down.
Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity of 2014 had happened when these dramatic shifts just started to unfold. After sweeping the corrupted government, Ukraine has begun a brand new chapter of its modern history seeking to strengthen democratic institutions and achieve more integration with the EU. At the same time, Ukraine has to defend its borders violated by the neighboring Russia – one of the guarantors of Ukraine’s sovereignty according to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.
H.E. Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin will offer his vision of the current developments  in Europe and globally in the aftermath of the Brexit amid growing populist sentiments. He will share his perspective on the new security architecture in Europe, on the role of international organizations, and prerequisites for a new world order.

H.E. Pavlo Klimkin

Foreign Minister of Ukraine

H.E. Pavlo Klimkin was appointed Foreign Minister of Ukraine in June 2014.  He was entrusted by the newly elected President Petro Poroshenko to steer the foreign policy of a new pro-Western and reform-oriented Ukraine amid harsh realities of ever-growing political fragmentariness of Europe and increasing assertiveness of Russia.

H.E.Klimkin graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Department of Aerophysics and Space Research with a Master degree in Applied Physics and Mathematics. He joined the Foreign Service of Ukraine in 1993, starting his career at the Directorate-General for Arms Control and Disarmament at the MFA of Ukraine. His overseas assignments include posts in Berlin and London. In 2008 H.E. Klimkin headed the Department for European Integration at the Foreign Ministry and in 2010 was promoted to the position of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2012 H.E. Klimkin was appointed Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany from whence in June 2014 he was offered a position of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. As Ukraine’s Chief Negotiator of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, he played a crucial role in facilitating Ukraine’s integration to the European Community.

Chair Person:

Prof Francesco Mancini, Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) and Visiting Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Monday, 16 January 2017

5.15pm - 6.30pm


Oei Tiong Ham Building,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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