Last updated on: 9/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Javier Solana, PhD Biography

Title:
High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) , Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union (EU)
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The Israeli disengagement from Gaza is by now imminent and, if everything goes well, should start on 17 August. Our hope is that Disengagement will take place on time, in an orderly manner and in co-ordination with the Palestinians and that it will lead to the emergence of two states -- both implementing their respective commitments under the Road Map.”

Remarks following a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Alexandria, July 10, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • High Representative for the Common Foreign Security Policy, European Union (EU), 2004-present
  • Secretary General, Council of the European Union (EU), 2004-present
  • Secretary General, Western European Union (WEU), 1999-2004
  • Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), 1995-1999
  • Spanish Cabinet Minister, 1982-1995
  • Member of the Spanish Parliament, 1977-1995
  • Knight of the Order of St Michael and St George
  • Member, Spanish section of the Club of RomeAwards:
  • Received the Charlemagne Prize for distinguished services on behalf of European unification, 2007
  • Received the Carnegie-Wateler peace prize, 2006
  • Received the Vision for Europe Award, 2003
  • Received the ‘Statesman of the Year Award’ from the EastWest Institute, 2003
  • Received the Grand Cross of Isabel the Catholic
  • Received the Manfred W├Ârner Medal from the German Defence Ministry
Education:
  • PhD, Physics, University of Virginia, 1971
  • Fulbright scholar at several American universities
  • BS, Chemistry, Universidad Complutense Madrid, 1964
Other:
  • Born in Madrid on July 14, 1942