Where Will Europe Fail and Where Will it Succeed
European and Eurasian Studies Series
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Former Austrian Vice Chancellor; Chairman, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe -IDM
Erhard Busek, former Austrian Vice Chancellor, Federal Minister for Science and Research, and Federal Minister for Education, is currently Jean Monnet Professor ad personam
, Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, and Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative.
Busek began his professional career in 1964 as legal adviser to the association of the parliamentarians of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP). He then served as Secretary General of the Austrian Federation for Trade and Commerce (1972-1976). In 1975 he was appointed Secretary General of the ÖVP and was elected Member of Parliament later that year. The following year he became City Councillor and in 1978 was elected Deputy-Mayor of Vienna, maintaining this position until 1987. Busek was appointed Minister for Science and Research in April 1989, and from 1994 until May 1995 he was Minister for Education. He was elected Chairman of the ÖVP in 1991 and served as Vice-Chancellor of Austria from 1991 until 1995. In 2000 Busek was appointed Special Representative of the Austrian Government on EU-Enlargement, where he served until December 2002.
Busek has honorary degrees from the Universities of Krakow, Bratislava, Brasov, Czernowitz, Liberec, and Webster-St. Louis University in Vienna. He was Rector of the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, from 2004 until 2011, Visiting Professor at Duke University, NC, and Honorary Senator at the University of Agriculture in Vienna. Busek also taught at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Vienna. From 2002 until 2008, Busek served as Special Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, and from 2000 until 2012, as President of the European Forum Alpbach.
All events will be held in hybrid mode. SAIS Europe students, faculty, and staff are allowed to attend in person in the Auditorium.
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