Paddy Ashdown

Diplomat
Paddy Ashdown is a former member of the British Parliament and a diplomat with a lifelong commitment to international cooperation.

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Throughout his career, Paddy Ashdown has moved across the international stage. He served as a Royal Marine and an intelligence officer in MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service of the United Kingdom, before becoming a member of Parlaiment. In 1988 he became the first leader of the newly formed Liberal Democrat party. After leaving Parlaiment he served as the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Paddy Ashdown’s TED talks

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Global Issues

The global power shift: Paddy Ashdown on TED.com

January 5, 2012

Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk at TEDxBrussels he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming. (Recorded at TEDxBrussels 2011, November 2011, in Brussels, Belgium. Duration: 18:30.) Watch Paddy Ashdown’s talk on TED.com, where […]

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Quotes from Paddy Ashdown

The multinational corporations now developing budgets often bigger than medium-sized countries — these live in a global space which is largely unregulated, not subject to the rule of law, and in which people may act free of constraint.
Paddy Ashdown
TEDxBrussels • 792K views Jan 2012
Persuasive, Informative
The United States will remain the most powerful nation on Earth for the next 10, 15 years, but the context in which she holds her power has now radically altered.
Paddy Ashdown
TEDxBrussels • 792K views Jan 2012
Persuasive, Informative
We are coming out of 50 years of history in which we have had a totally mono-polar world, in which every compass needle for or against has to be referenced by its position to Washington — a world bestrode by a single colossus.
Paddy Ashdown
TEDxBrussels • 792K views Jan 2012
Persuasive, Informative