March 10, 2019

On Monday, March 11, 2019, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination together with the Woodrow Wilson School welcomed HE Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, to Princeton University for a day-long visit. While at Princeton, HE Mogherini presented a luncheon lecture co-sponsored by the EU Program at Princeton University, "The European Union: A Powerful Global Actor?" and later adressed a select group of Princeton faculty and students in a private session.

HR Mogherini's luncheon lecture is available for streaming via Princeton University's Media Central. Her visit was part of a year-long seminar series organized around the theme "Emerging Foreign and Security Dimensions." The seminar series focused on emerging security challenges including strategic developments, inter-state and intra-state perspectives, self-determination, climate and environmental issues, migration, and leadership challenges in the region spanning from Vancouver to Vladivostok. A key feature of the seminar was the participating student fellows, chosen through a competitive application process. Student participants were chosen from a variety of departments and programs, bringing their specific academic backgrounds, interdisciplinary methodologies, and professional experiences to bear on the topics under consideration.

A summary of this lecture and the talks presented by other participants in the Emerging Foreign and Security Dimensions seminar series is forthcoming.

Federica Mogherini is the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission since 1st November 2014. She was the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs from February to October 2014 and a Member of the Italian Parliament (Chamber of Deputies), where she was elected for the first time in 2008. During her terms in parliament, HR Mogherini was the Head of the Italian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Vice-President of its Political Committee (2013-2014); member of the Italian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2008-2013); Secretary of the Defence Committee (2008-2013) and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. HR Mogherini also coordinated the Inter-Parliamentary Group for Development Cooperation.

HR Mogherini has been in the leadership of the Democratic Party since it was founded, in 2007: first as Secretary for Institutional Reforms, then as a member of the National Council, and in 2013-2014 as Secretary for European and International Affairs. Previously, she was a member of the Bureau of PES (Party of European Socialists), Vice-President of the European Community Organisation of Socialist Youth (ECOSY), member of the Bureau of the European Youth Forum, and a member of the Secretariat of the Youth Forum of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). HR Mogherini is a member of IAI – Istituto Affari Internazionali – and a fellow of the German Marshall Fund for the United States. She is also a member of the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (ELN) and of the Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). HR Mogherini was born in Rome in 1973 and graduated in Political Science at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.