Javier Solana High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU (1999 -2009) & Secretary General of NATO (1995-1999) is a respected voice in European politics. An experienced and skilled communicator whose presentations engage worldwide audiences keen to hear his unique perspective on a variety of current issues including but not limited to: diplomacy, trade, security, defense and international relations.
Javier Solana is one of the world’s most prominent diplomats and one of the most significant political figures in the international arena for his vital role in the development of international relations for over two decades. He has been in charge of two of the highest supranational and intergovernmental organizations in the world: NATO and the European Union (EU). Solana has also been head of the European Defense Agency.
At the beginning of 2010 he joined ESADE Business School as President of its new Centre for Global Economics and Geopolitics where his focus is on the evolution of the global society, analysing the global economy, corporate leadership and good practice in public policy.
Mr. Solana joined the Spanish Socialist Party in 1964 and has been a member of the Spanish parliament since 1977. He held several cabinet posts in the four governments headed by Spanish Socialist President Felipe Gonzales between 1982 and 1995. In 1992 he became Minister of Foreign Affairs, a position he left in December 1995 when he became Secretary General of NATO. Solana’s mandate at NATO coincided with a crucial stage in the history of the Western defense organization. During his mandate he worked closely with the Clinton Administration to solve the conflict in former Yugoslavia. He also reorganised NATO political and military structure and changed its basic strategies.
Solana left NATO in 1999 to become Secretary General of the Council of the EU and its first High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy. He was tasked with presenting ideas and analyzing policy options to help EU leaders agree on foreign and security policy issues, thereby giving the Union more political clout in international affairs. He was the head of the European Defence Agency, which was established in July 2004 in a bid to boost European defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the European Security and Defence Policy. A champion of multilateralism and Europeanism, he produced the first strategic security doctrine of the EU and gave substance to the European Security and Defense that premiered operational bodies and launched its first missions, military and civilian, to manage security crisis.
A skilled leader in crisis situations, he also represented the EU in the Middle East Quartet, the four-member group involved in mediating the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict comprising of the UN, the United States and Russia. He held his position with the EU until December 2009.
Mr. Solana earned a doctorate in physics and was a Fulbright scholar at several U.S. universities. He taught solid-state physics at Madrid Complutense University before entering politics. He is a tenured professor of the University in Madrid.
He is Honorary President of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (Geneva); Chairman of Executive Committee Global Institute of Barcelona; member of the boards of the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations and Human Rights Watch.
In 2011 Javier Solana received the Charles V European Award for his high level of commitment to external relations and his efforts in favour of peace and democracy as High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union.
Javier Solana has achieved much diplomatic success as an extraordinary consensus-builder working behind the scenes with leaders of various nations.
- The Role of Europe in the Global Constitution
- Challenges Facing the International Community
- Achieving Global Peace & Security: The Role of the EU & NATO International Affairs & Relations
- Current Policy and Global Affairs
- Economy and Finance
- Socio-Political Outlook
- European Union
- Foreign Policy
- Security and Defense
- Global Economy and Geopolitics
“He is an extraordinary consensus builder who works behind the scenes with leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to ensure that NATO is united when it counts.”
Alexander Vershbow, US ambassador to NATO