Alfredo Conte

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Alfredo Conte the State of the Union Conference Florence 2012

Alfredo Conte is Head of the Strategic Planning Division in the European External Action Service.
He Graduated with honours in Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Naples in 1989 and he has entered the Diplomatic Service at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993…

Oleg Kharkhordin

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Oleg Kharkhordin SoU 2012

Oleg Kharkhordin – graduated from the Economics Department of Leningrad University, and then studied in the postgraduate program of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the USSR Academy of Sciences, and in the doctoral program of the University California, Berkeley (PhD, political science, 1996)…

Mark Leonard

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Marc Leonard at the State of the Union conference 2012 in Florence

Mark Leonard is Co-Founder and Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, the first pan-European Think Tank. Previously, he worked as Director of Foreign Policy at the Centre for European Reform, and Director of the Foreign Policy Centre, a think-tank he founded under the patronage of the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Mark has spent time in Washington as a Transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and in Beijing as a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences. He is a prolific writer and commentator, with work appearing in many top publications…

Miguel Poiares Maduro

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Miguel Maduro introduction at the SoU 2012

Miguel Poiares Maduro – Former Advocate General at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (from 2003-2009), Miguel Poiares Maduro is the Director of the GGP and, since October 2009, he has held the Joint Chair in European Law with the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Department of Law at the European University Institute (EUI)…

Helga Maria Schmid

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Helga Maria Schmid in Florence at the State of the Union

Helga Maria Schmid was appointed Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs of European External Action Service in November 2010. Before that she worked for 4 years as Director of the Policy and Early Warning Unit of the Council General Secretariat of the European Union and was one of the closest advisors to the EU-High Representative for the Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana…

Anne-Marie Slaughter

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Helga Maria Schmid State of the Union 2012

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor conferred by the State Department, for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. She also received a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)…

Javier Solana

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Javier Solana at the SoU 2012

Javier Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid). He is also distinguished senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, Fisher Family Fellow at Harvard, chairman of the Aspen Institute España, honorary president of the Centre for Human Dialogue (Geneva)…

David Tweed

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David Tweed Moderator at the State of the Union 2012

David Tweed – is the Europe editor for Bloomberg Television, based in London. For the past three years, Tweed has reported extensively on the European debt crisis. This year, he has interviewed newsmakers including Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti, Italian Deputy Finance Minister Vittorio Grilli, Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, Abebe Aemro Selassie, the…

Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires

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Pedro Pires at the State of the Union Conference 2012

Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires – left to Portugal in 1956 to attend Lisbon University of Sciences. In June 1974 Pires was elected member of the Parliament of Cape Verde and designated on July 6, 1975 as the first Prime Minister of the independent nation of Cape Verde. In September 2000, he announced his candidature to the Presidency of the Republic of Cape Verde…