Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak at the International Institute for Strategic Studies

Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, to speak at The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Date: Monday 02 April 2012, 2:30-3:30pm Venue: Lee Kuan Yew Conference Room, 5th Floor, Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX

?Membership of the EU remains a strategic priority for Ukraine, and the outline Association Agreement promises to create a new political and economic relationship. However, Ukraine?s foreign policy is not focused solely on Europe, particularly in light of the fast-changing global geopolitical context and the country?s modernisation challenge. The quest to establish and maintain a broader strategic balance remains. Prior to becoming Foreign Minister in 2010, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko was Ukraine?s ambassador to Russia and concurrently First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (2008-2010). He has also served as Ukraine?s ambassador to the United States of America (2000-2003), the head of Ukraine?s mission to NATO, and the country?s permanent representative at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (1998-2000). This meeting will be chaired by Dr Nicholas Redman, Senior Fellow for Geopolitical Risk and Economic Security; Managing Director, Corporate Advisory; Editor, Adelphi Books. All participants are required to show photo identification at registration If you would like to attend please RSVP to Lucy O'Sullivan at events@iiss.org The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the world?s leading authority on political-military conflict. The IISS is the primary source of accurate, objective information on international strategic issues for politicians, foreign affairs analysts, business, economists, the military, the media, academics and the informed public. The Institute is independent, owing no allegiance to any governments or any political or other organisations. The IISS stresses rigorous research with a forward-looking policy orientation and places particular emphasis on bringing new perspectives to the strategic debate.