Roundtable with HE Mr David Graeme Blunt on Croatia's Accession to EU

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 18:45 in Discussion Forums
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Where: Dialogue Society, London
with HE Mr David Graeme Blunt, The British Ambassador to Croatia

Biography

Born 1953 in Sussex, UK. He graduated in 1975 from Manchester University with a First Class BA Hons degree in Geography where he also took French and German as subsidiary subjects. He taught briefly before joining the Diplomatic Service in 1978.

His first assignment was in the FCO, working on UK - Irish issues. Then followed postings to Vienna (1979-83) and Peking (1983-87) where he worked on the UK’s Hong Kong negotiations team and was subsequently heavily involved in preparing HM The Queen’s 1986 State Visit. He was in London 1987-89 working on defence policy and as Head of the FCO’s France/Benelux Unit before his posting to Canberra (1989-94) where he became Head of the British High Commission’s Political Section. On his return to London, he worked as Director of BBC Monitoring Service Review before leading an FCO Management Consultancy Team. He was then Deputy Head of Mission at Oslo (1997-2001) and Deputy Governor of Gibraltar (2002-2005).

Most recently, as Head of the British Office, subsequently the UK’s first ambassador, in Kosovo January 2006 – April 2008, he has been strongly engaged with the status process which culminated in Kosovo’s co-ordinated declaration of independence in February 2008.

He speaks near native Norwegian, good German and French and can read Spanish. He also speaks Albanian and is now learning Croatian.

He enjoys choral music and has always been a keen sportsman.

He is married to Geirid who is Norwegian. They have three sons: Marcus (1982), Alexander (1984) and Freddie (1990).

Participants

  • HE Mr David Blunt CVO, The British Ambassador to Croatia
  • Tony Lloyd MP, House of Commons
  • HE Dr Dragisa Burzan, The Ambassador of Montenegro to the UK
  • HE Dr Ion Jinga, The Ambassador of Romania to the UK
  • HE Dr Ivica Tomić, The Ambassador of Croatia to the UK
  • HE Iztok Jarc, The Ambassador of Slovenia to the UK
  • HE Dr Muhamet Hamiti, The Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the UK
  • HE Mr Lyubomir Kyuchukov, The Ambassador of Bulgaria to the UK
  • HE Mr Zef Mazi, The Ambassador of Albania to the UK
  • HE Mrs Jadranka Negodic, The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the UK
  • HE Mrs Marija Efremova, The Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the UK
  • Jacek Gajewski, 1st Counsellor Head of the Political Section-Embassy of the Republic of Poland
  • Lucy Cowan, Head of the Croatian Desk-FCO
  • Elizabeth Burdett, Research Analyst (EU)- FCO
  • Susan Laffey, Research Analyst (EU)- FCO
  • Tim Judah, The Balkans Correspondent for The Economist
  • Professor Keith Pilbeam, Professor of International Economics and Finance- City University
  • Dr Adam Fagan, Reader in Politics, Department of Politics, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Dr Chiara De Franco, Research Associate, Department of War Studies- King's College London
  • Dr Stefanos Katsikas, Lecturer at the Department of History-Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dr William Bartlett, Senior Research Fellow in the Political Economy of South East Europe - European Institute-LSE
  • Daniel Korski, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ozcan Keles, Executive Director-Dialogue Society
  • Ilknur Kahraman, Co-director-Dialogue Society
  • Dr Cem Erbil, Academic Coordinator-Dialogue Society
HE Mr David Blunt (Left to right) Ozcan Keles, HE Mr David Blunt  Roundtable Discussion with HE Mr David Graeme Blunt (Left to right) Ozcan Keles, HE Mr David Blunt, HE Dr Ivica Tomić (Left to right) Ozcan Keles, HE Mr David Blunt (Left to right) Lucy Cowan, Ozcan Keles, HE Mr David Blunt, HE Dr Ivica Tomić  Roundtable Discussion with HE Mr David Graeme Blunt (Left to right) Ozcan Keles, HE Mr David Blunt, HE Dr Ivica Tomić  Roundtable Discussion with HE Mr David Graeme Blunt HE Dr Ivica Tomić (Left to right) Jacek Gajewski, HE Mr Iztok Jarc, Tim Judah (Left to right) Dr Adam Fagan, HE Dr Muhamet Hamiti, Susan Laffey HE Mr Iztok Jarc  Roundtable Discussion with HE Mr David Graeme Blunt (Left to right) Ozcan Keles, HE Mr David Blunt, HE Dr Ivica Tomić HE Dr Ivica Tomić HE Mr David Blunt, HE Dr Ivica Tomić  Roundtable Discussion with HE Mr David Graeme Blunt (Left to right) Jacek Gajewski, HE Mr Iztok Jarc, Tim Judah HE Mrs Jadranka Negodic  Roundtable Discussion with HE Mr David Graeme Blunt (Left to right) Jacek Gajewski, HE Mr Iztok Jarc, Tim Judah  Roundtable Discussion with HE Mr David Graeme Blunt Elizabeth Burdett  Roundtable Discussion with HE Mr David Graeme Blunt (Left to right) Ilknur Kahaman, Professor Keith Pilbeam, HE Dr Dragisa Burzan, Serkan Kurt, Jacek Gajewski, Dr Cem Erbil, HE Mrs Marija Efremova, HE Mr Iztok Jarc, Tim Judah, Lucy Cowan, Ozcan Keles, Elizabeth Burdett, HE Mr Zef Mazi, HE Dr Muhamet Hamiti, Daniel Korski, HE Mr. Lyubomir Kyuchukov, Dr Stefanos Katsikas, Dr Chiara De Franco, Susan Laffey, HE Mrs Jadranka Negodic, HE Mr David Blunt, HE Dr Ivica Tomić (Left to right) HE Dr Muhamet Hamiti, HE Dr Ivica Tomić, HE Mr. Lyubomir Kyuchukov (Left to right) Serkan Kurt, Professor Keith Pilbeam Dr Chiara De Franco (Left to right) Ozcan Keles, HE Mr David Blunt

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