CEU welcomes Javier Solana

December 21, 2010

On 2 December Javier Solana, President, ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics/former Secretary General of the Council of the European Union/former Secretary General of NATO, delivered a public lecture on “Stability and Security in Today's World” in the CEU Auditorium. The event was the second in the series of “The CEU Lectures.” The initial lectures of the series was delivered by George Soros last October with five lectures on his economic and philosophical views entitled “The Economy, Reflexivity and Open Society—Practical and Philosophical Reflections on Economics and Politics.” President and Rector John Shattuck delivered the welcoming remarks and emphasized that the evening was the high point of the fall semester, which also opened the 20th Anniversary programs of CEU. He also highlighted how grateful the university was to have “one of the founding fathers and creators of Europe” as a guest speaker.

Dr Solana in his public lecture, among other things, discussed how he saw the present world; explained how the transfer of power is taking place from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific; and argued that if we learn how to live in the multi-polar world, we could have a secure world. The lecture was followed by a lively question and answer session, which Matteo Fumagalli, Head, Department of International Relations and European Studies, chaired. The talk was attended by numerous CEU students, faculty and staff, and several representatives of the diplomatic corps and the Hungarian media. In the morning Javier Solana also delivered the opening address at the launch conference of the CEU Center for European Union Research (CEUR) of research.

Javier Solana’s lecture can be viewed at http://www.ceu.hu/video/2010-12-12/at-ceu-javier-solana-talks-about-our-rapidly-expanding-world


Javier Solana is the President of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics. He is also Distinguished Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, Honorary President of the Centre for Human Dialogue, Senior Visiting Professor at the LSE Global Governance, and member of the board of the International Crisis Group and of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he served as the European Union’s High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary General of the Council of the European Union. Before serving the Council, Javier Solana was Secretary General of NATO, where he negotiated the NATO-Russia Founding Act and presided over the establishment of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council. Prior to that, he held different ministerial portfolios in the Spanish government, including Foreign Affairs.