Federica Mogherini is the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission since November 2014. In her role, she chairs the EU Foreign Affairs Council and is responsible for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, including the Common Security Defence policy. She heads the European External Action Service, the European Defence Agency, and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. She also chairs the Commissioners’ Group on External Action to deliver a common approach for EU action on the world stage and represents the European Union at international forums at ministerial level.

Prior to this, she was minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of Italy in 2014 and was a member of the Italian parliament from 2008 to 2014. During her terms in parliament, she was the head of the Italian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and vice president of its Political Committee (2013–14); member of the Italian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2008–13); secretary of the Defence Committee (2008–13); and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. On Twitter: @FedericaMog.

Writing in the Cairo Review