Nanovic Forum with Mikuláš Dzurinda, Prime Minister of Slovakia (1998-2006)


Location: Hesburgh Center Auditorium (View on map )

Dzurinda Mikulas Wces Davidplas 55883

The Challenges Facing Both Shores of the Atlantic

The war of Russia against Ukraine, the unprecedented attack of Hamas against Israel, and the activities of different terrorist groups in Africa leads not only to protracted immigration to the West but also to the destabilization of the global international order. All this, together with the appetite of China to dominate in economy and technology, the green transition, and other challenges, requires a united and coordinated response from the democratic world.

About the speaker

Mikuláš Dzurinda is a former prime minister of Slovakia, holding the position from 1998 to 2006, and has held various positions in the government since first entering politics in 1990. After becoming prime minister and forming a large coalition government in 1998, Mr. Dzurinda and his government introduced far-reaching reforms that enabled Slovakia to join the EU and NATO. After being re-elected in 2002, Mr. Dzurinda led the government when Slovakia became a member of the EU and NATO in 2004, a process in which he actively took part from the beginning. In 2007 he was awarded the F.A. Hayek International Prize for reforms and fight against bureaucracy.

Mr. Dzurinda was minister of transportation and, more recently, minister of foreign affairs from July 2010 to April 2012. Mr. Dzurinda is a founding member of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS) and was chairman of the party from 2000 to 2012. He was elected to the Slovak Parliament in the elections in 2012 and is currently a member of the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Relations. Mikuláš Dzurinda was elected president of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, a think-tank in Brussels, in December 2013. He is also a marathon runner.

About the Nanovic Forum

The Nanovic Institute deepens Notre Dame’s rich tradition of connections to Europe by bringing prominent figures to campus in a wide range of fields to explore, discuss, and debate the most pressing questions about Europe today. Generously sponsored by Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, the Forum invites its distinguished guests to interact with Notre Dame in ways they most wish, which can be surprising.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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