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Reflections of an Ambassador

20 March 2018

On 20 March 2018 in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House the British Ukrainian Society in the framework of its lecture project presented a speech by Robert Brinkley CMG, Chairman of the Chatham House Ukraine Forum Steering Committee. His talk was entitled ‘Reflections of an Ambassador’ and covered his assessment of Ukraine’s current trajectory.

Mr Brinkley remarked on his early links with Ukraine, described what makes Ukraine different from Russia, discussed his continued involvement with Ukraine and commented on two of the biggest issues that Ukraine is currently contending with – defending against aggression and fighting corruption. He concluded with some thoughts on what the UK and the West should do.

For Robert Brinkley’s speech please follow the link:




Speaker profile

Robert Brinkley chairs the steering committee of the Chatham House Ukraine Forum. He is a senator (member of the governing body) of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv and chairman of the Ukrainian Institute, London, which is affiliated to UCU. He is chairman of The BEARR Trust, a British charity which supports small health and social welfare groups in Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. He is a trustee of the Keston Institute, which studies religion in Communist and former Communist countries, and a member of the Advisory Board of the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL SSEES).

Until 2011 Robert Brinkley was a British diplomat for 34 years. He served as High Commissioner to Pakistan (2006 – 2009), Ambassador to Ukraine (2002 – 2006) and as head of the UK’s worldwide visa operation (2000 – 2002). He had previously had two postings in Moscow (both in Russia and in the Soviet Union), as well as positions in Bonn, Geneva and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.


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