The European Union Today and Tomorrow

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Event Time: 
4:30 p.m.
Location: 
016 Robertson Hall

The Liechtenstein Institute will host a public presentation by Prof. Dusan Sidjanski, Chair Emeritus, Department of Political Science, at the University of Geneva, on "The European Union Today and Tomorrow," on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. in 016 Robertson Hall. José Manuel Barroso, former EU Commission President and currently a Policy Fellow at LISD and Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Director of LISD will comment. The event is free and open to the public.

Dusan Sidjanski is the founder of the Department of Political Science at the University of Geneva, and is professor emeritus at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and at the European Institute in Geneva. He is a former Special Advisor to the President of the European Commission, and is Honorary President of the European Cultural Centre. He is an author of numerous works on federalism and European integration.

José Manuel Barroso is currently a Policy Fellow at LISD and the Frederick H. Schultz Class of 1951 Visiting Professor of International Economic Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School. He is the former president of the European Commission, first elected in 2004, and is the former prime minister of Portugal. After graduating in law from the University of Lisbon, Barroso completed a diploma in European studies at University of Geneva's European University Institute and a master’s degree in political science from the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Geneva, earning an honors in both. He then embarked on an academic career, working successively as a teaching assistant at the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, a teaching assistant in the Department of Political Science, University of Geneva and as a visiting professor at the Department of Government and the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In 1995, he became head of the Department of International Relations of Lusíada University in Lisbon.

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber is the Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University and has been teaching on issues of state, security, self-determination, and diplomacy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Politics since 1988. He is also founder and chair of the Liechtenstein Colloquium on European and International Affairs, LCM, a private international diplomacy forum. Danspeckgruber was educated at the Universities of Linz and Vienna, Austria, (ML; DLaws) and at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland (PhD). Following his Austrian military service (Lieutenant, Reserve) he served as special assistant to the Commander of the Austrian National Defense Academy. Danspeckgruber was a visiting scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and held fellowships at the Center of Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and at Princeton's Center of International Studies.