Schuman Lecture - Schuman’s Vision in the Age of Disarray: Whither Europe and the West?

The ANU Centre for European Studies is delighted to present this contribution to our Schuman Lecture Series, to be delivered by Mr David Ritchie AO.

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Mr Robert Schuman set out a clear vision for Europe in his famous 1950 declaration. How does this vision measure up in these deeply uncertain times for Europe and the West and what does this mean for the future of European integration? What should Australia be doing about it?

Mr David Ritchie AO has had a distinguished diplomatic career. He served as Australian Ambassador to Germany (with non-resident accreditation to Switzerland and Liechtenstein) from 2013–16. Prior to that he was Ambassador to Italy from 2010–13 and Ambassador to Indonesia from 2002–05.

Mr Ritchie was a Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra from 2001–02, and again from 2006–10. In 2005 Mr Ritchie received the award of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to ensuring Australia’s long-term security interests in the region through efforts to gain co-operative action to address the threat of terrorism, and the Australian award of a Group Bravery Citation.

In 2016 Mr Ritchie received the Grosses Bundesverdienstkreuz (Grand Cross of the Federal Order of Merit) from the President of Germany for services to bilateral relations between Germany and Australia, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Queensland. Mr Ritchie served as Senior Adviser (International Relations) to the Prime Minister, from 1999–2001.

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Refreshments will be served after the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.

Date & time

Mon 28 Aug 2017, 12am


The Hall, University House, The Australian National University, 1 Balmain Crescent, Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia


Mr David Ritchie AO, Former Australian Ambassador to Germany and Member of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group


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