Paul-Henri Spaak Lecture Series

The Paul-Henri Spaak Lecture series was established in 1981 thanks to the generosity of Frank Boas and the Frank Boas Foundation. The series brought European leaders to Harvard to speak on issues of importance to the United States and Europe. Suspended in 1999, the lecture series was relaunched in 2008 thanks to the support of the Nicolas Janssen Family Fund of Brussels. This occurred as the Weatherhead Center inaugurated the Program on Transatlantic Relations, with the generous support of Pierre Keller of Geneva, in order to strengthen research and teaching on Europe and transatlantic issues in the University.

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The following Paul-Henri Spaak Lectures have been delivered since 1981:

First: April 8, 1981
“The U.S. and Europe: Partners at Last?”
Fernand Spaak
Chief of Staff of the President of the European Commission

Second: May 4, 1982
“Europe: Decline or Renewal?”
Jean François-Poncet
Minister of Foreign Affairs of France

Third: April 28, 1983
“Europe and the United States: Relations on the Threshold?”
Viscount Etienne Davignon
Vice President of the European Community

Fourth: November 1, 1983
“U.S.-European Relations: Defense Policy and Euromissles”
Pieter Dankert
President of the European Parliament

Fifth: November 8, 1984
“A New Code for International Cooperation”
Lamberto Dini
Director General of the Bank of Italy

Sixth: November 19, 1985
“40 Years On: The Nature of United States Power and European Influence”
Michael Palliser
Chair of the Board of Montagu and Company

Seventh: May 4, 1987
“The European Monetary System: A Model for a More Stable International Monetary Order?”
Karl Otto Pöhl
Member of the Monetary Committee of the European Community

Eighth: April 28, 1988
“Continuity and Change in U.S.-Europe Relations”
Felipe González
Prime Minister of Spain

Ninth: April 12, 1989
“Facing the Challenges of the Nineties: The Future of the European Community”
Raymond Barre
Member of the National Assembly of France; former Prime Minister of France

Tenth: April 25, 1990
“Europe at the Crossroads”
Frans Andriessen
Vice President of the European Commission

Eleventh: May 15, 1990
“The New Czechoslovakian Foreign Policy”
Jiri Dienstbier
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia

Twelfth: April 1992
“The Atlantic Alliance: New Roles in a Changing World”
Manfred Wörner
Secretary General of NATO

Thirteenth: October 13, 1994
“The Disappointing Partnership Between British Governments and Europe: Why the Paul-Henri Spaak Tradition Rarely Embraces London”
Lord Roy Jenkins
Chancellor of Oxford University, and leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords

Fourteenth: October 16, 1995
“The Global Challenge: Opportunities and Choices in the Multilateral Trading System”
Renato Ruggiero
Director-General of the World Trade Organization

Fifteenth: October 2, 1996
“From Europe to EUrope: A Story of Hope, Trial and Error”
Ralf Dahrendorf
Warden, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University

Sixteenth: October 16, 1997
“The New Europe: How to Overcome 40 Years of Division”
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Seventeenth: November 4, 1999
“Europe and the Balkans: The Role of Greece”
George Papandreou
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic

Eighteenth: September 24, 2008
"A Letter from Brussels to the Next President of the United States”
José Manuel Barroso
European Commission President
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José Manuel Barroso: 18th Paul-Henri Spaak Lecture

Nineteenth: September 27, 2010
"The European Union Facing Global Challenges"
Baroness Catherine Ashton
High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union
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Baroness Catherine Ashton: 19th Annual Paul-Henri Spaak Lecture