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Ursula PLASSNIK

ursula.plassnik@sciencespo.fr

 

Courses
Spring 2016:
  • Challenges for tomorrow's diplomacy
Spring 2017:
  • Applied diplomacy: decision making – communication - crisis management
PSIA Programs: Concentration in Diplomacy, Master in International Security

Biography

Ambassador Dr. Ursula PLASSNIK studied law at the University to Vienna (Dr. iur.), followed by postgraduate European studies at the College of Europe in Bruges/Belgium. In 1980 she joined the Austrian Foreign Service and gained broad experience in multilateral representations, delegations and negotiations (CSCE/Helsinki Process, Council of Europe, EFTA, EU, UN) and in the Office of the Legal Advisor of the Foreign Service. From 1997 to 2004, she served as Chief of Staff of Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel (ÖVP, Austrian People’s Party), Minister for Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chancellor and later Federal Chancellor. 2004 Ursula PLASSNIK became Ambassador to Switzerland, before being appointed Minister for European and International Affairs in the Schüssel government in October the same year. During the Austrian presidency of the EU in 2006 she chaired the EU Council of Foreign ministers. Ursula PLASSNIK remained Foreign Minister in the Gusenbauer government until December 2008. She was a Member of the Austrian Parliament and worked as special envoy for International Women’s Issues at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs until August 2011. From September 2011 to August 2016, she was Ambassador of Austria to France and Monaco and Austrian Representative to the UNESCO. Since September 2016, Ursula PLASSNIK is Austria’s Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation.

Publications

Selection of publications:

  • Ursula PLASSNIK: Die Zeit war reif: von den Worten zu den Taten. In: Schweres Erbe und „Wiedergutmachung“. Restitution und Entschädigung in Österreich. Die Bilanz der Regierung Schüssel, eds. Studienverlag, Innsbruck, 2015, pp. 247-258.

  • Ursula PLASSNIK: Von Geschmacksverstärkern, Souveränitätsverstärkern und der neuen Normalität im Weltdorf. In: Ein Bürger im Dienst für Staat und Wirtschaft. Festschrift zum 70. Geburtstag von Hans Brunhart, eds. Mario Frick, Michael Ritter und Andrea Willi, Verlag der Liechtensteinischen Akademischen Gesellschaft, Schaan, 2015, pp. 97-102.

  • Ursula PLASSNIK: Österreichische Außenpolitik vom Kalten Krieg zur EU. In: Europäische Rundschau 2013/2, eds. Verein Europäische Rundschau, Wien, 2013, pp. 3-34.

  • Ursula PLASSNIK: Die Oberösterreicher als „Ober-Europäer“? In: Gesellschaft im Umbruch. Chancen und Herausforderungen zwischen Wandel und Kontinuität, eds. Mag. Michael Strugl und Dr. Wolfgang Hattmannsdorfer, Institut für politische Grundlagenforschung, Trauner Verlag), Linz, 2012, pp. 209-213.

  • Ursula PLASSNIK: Olympism: the role of humanitarian ideas in today’s world. In: 51st International Session for Young Participants, 25 June – 9 July 2011, eds. International Olympic Academy, Athen, 2012, pp. 175-185.

  • Ursula PLASSNIK: Faszination der Gegensätze in Europa. In: Carinthische Dialoge 2007-2011, eds. Johanna und Chlodwig Franz, Eigenverlag der Carinthischen Dialoge, Wien, 2012, pp. 226-241.

  • Ursula PLASSNIK: Upgrading Resolution 1325 with a Triple A Strategy. In: Women as Peace Builders. On the Ground and at the Table, eds. Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton, 2011, pp. 9-12.

  • Ursula PLASSNIK: Perspectives for Peace – Learning from the European Experiences. In: Perspectives Beyond War and Crisis III. What Kind of Palestinian State for What Kind of Peace?, eds. Wiener Institut für Internationalen Dialog und Zusammenarbeit, Wien, 2011, pp. 111-117.

  • Ursula PLASSNIK: Nationaler Souveränitätsverlust als Preis der europäischen Integration – Geht die Rechnung auf? In: Staatliche Unabhängigkeit in einer Welt der Abhängigkeiten. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der schweizerischen Souveränität, eds. Europa Forum Luzern, Luzern, 2010, pp. 7-11.

  • Ursula PLASSNIK: Women Leaders: A Practitioner’s View. In: Women Leaders in International Relations and World Peace, eds. Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton, 2010, pp. 11-13.

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History

Member for
2 years 4 weeks