Paddy Ashdown, former UN High Representative in BiH and UK Liberal Democrat leader, has died aged 77
The former leader of Britain's third largest party who went on to become High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina has died aged 77.
Paddy Ashdown played a special role in the life of SEESOX. He visitied us on a number of occasions: in 2002 for a briefing/discussion session before taking up his appointment as UN High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH); in April 2006 to participate in a workshop 'Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Crossroads' and to give a lecture entitled 'State-building in a post-conflict environment: Lessons learned in Bosnia and Herzegovina'; in November 2007 to give a seminar entitled 'Exporting democracy after Iraq – shall we intervene again?' where he launched his book Swords and Ploughshares: Bringing peace to the 21st century based his experiences in BiH; and as keynote speaker at our Tenth Anniversary celebrations in May 2012, speaking on 'The past ten years in South East Europe: Lessons for the future'. When a SEESOX team gave a presentation on BiH at the Global Strategy Forum in London in March 2015, Paddy was guest speaker at the lunch following the event.
Adis Merdzanovic, a former Research Fellow at St Antony's and core member of Team SEESOX, interviewed Paddy for his book on BiH, Democracy by Decree. His tribute to Paddy can be accessed below.