Augusto Santos Silva

Augusto Ernesto dos Santos Silva, OMRI (born 20 August 1956) was the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs and a university professor.

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Augusto Santos Silva

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
26 November 2015
Prime MinisterAntónio Costa
Preceded byRui Machete
Minister of National Defence
In office
26 October 2009  21 June 2011
Prime MinisterJosé Sócrates
Preceded byNuno Severiano Teixeira
Succeeded byJosé Pedro Aguiar Branco
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
In office
12 March 2005  26 October 2009
Prime MinisterJosé Sócrates
Preceded byRui Gomes da Silva
Succeeded byJorge Lacão
Minister of Culture
In office
3 July 2001  6 April 2002
Prime MinisterAntónio Guterres
Preceded byJosé Sasportes
Succeeded byPedro Roseta
Minister of Education
In office
14 September 2000  3 July 2001
Prime MinisterAntónio Guterres
Preceded byGuilherme d'Oliveira Martins
Succeeded byJúlio Pedrosa
Personal details
Born (1956-08-20) August 20, 1956
Porto, Portugal
Political partySocialist Party
Alma materUniversity of Porto (B.A.) (1978)
ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (Ph.D.) (1992)
ProfessionUniversity professor

Early life and education

Silva was born on August 20, 1956, in the port city of Porto. He graduated from the University of Porto with a degree in history in 1978 and later obtained a doctorate in sociology from ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon in 1992.

Academic career

Silva started his career as an economics professor in Porto beginning in 1981. Eventually, he worked his way up to Chair of the Scientific Council and served as Dean of the University of Porto from 1998 to 1999.

Silva also served on the National Board of Education from 1996 to 1999, the Commission on Social Security from 1996 to 1998 and the Board of Directors of the José Fontana Foundation from 2002 to 2005, which is affiliated with the Socialist Party. He also represented Portugal in the Council of Europe's Education for Democratic Citizenship project from 1997 to 1999.

Political career

Silva started his political activity while at university, serving as a member of the Porto committee of the Workers' Revolutionary Union, a Trotskyist group aligned with the Internationalist Communist League. In the 1976 presidential election, he supported Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, and in the 1980 election, he supported António Ramalho Eanes. Silva also joined the Movement of Socialist Left, aligning himself with politicians such as Alberto Martins, Arnaldo Fleming, and Jorge Ribeiro Strecht. In the 1986 election, he was a supporter of Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo in the first round, followed by Mário Soares in the second.[1]

Five years later, Silva officially joined the Socialist Party. He was first elected to the Assembly of the Republic in the 1995 elections, where he has served continually ever since.

Silva has served in a number of ministerial roles, beginning in 2000 when he was appointed Minister of Education in the government of Prime Minister António Guterres, which he served as until 2001. At that time, he was appointed Minister of Culture, serving for a year in that role.

From 2005 to 2009, Silva was the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and the Minister of Defense from 2009 to 2011, both in the governments of Prime Minister José Sócrates.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2015–2019

Since the beginning of 2015, Silva has been serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of Prime Minister António Costa.[2][3] In domestic and international deal-making, Santos Silva and Costa are widely seen as astute negotiators, having been building close ties with other Southern European governments during their time in office.[4]

In a diplomatic row over Venezuela's jailing of Portuguese supermarket managers on charges of gouging food prices, Silva summoned the Venezuelan ambassador to Lisbon in September 2018 and demanded that the problem be resolved swiftly.[5]

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Other activities

Silva is also an author, his two most recent works being Os valores da esquerda democrática: vinte teses oferecidas ao escrutínio público ("The values of the democratic Left: twenty propositions for public scrutiny" – 2010), and A sociologia e o debate público: estudos sobre a relação entre conhecer e agir ("Sociology and public debate: studies on the relation between knowing and acting" – 2006). Additionally, he has served as a columnist for the Jornal de Notícias, Público, and TVI 24. Silva has also been documented attending a Bilderberg Group meeting in Ottawa Canada.

Honours

Works

  • Oliveira Martins e o socialismo : ensaio de leitura crítica. Porto : Afrontamento, 1979.
  • Teoria e metodologia das ciências sociais : uma análise crítica das contribuições de Durkheim e Max Weber. Porto, 1984.
  • Metodologia das ciências sociais. Com José Madureira Pinto. Porto : Afrontamento, 1986.[9]
  • Formar a nação : vias culturais do progresso segundo intelectuais portugueses do século XIX. Porto : BEC, 1987.
  • Consumos de artesanato : resultados de um inquérito. Com Helena Santos. Porto : Centro Regional de Artes Tradicionais, 1988.
  • Projecto para a promoção sociocultural : Centro Regional de Artes Tradicionais. Porto : Centro Regional de Artes Tradicionais, 1988.
  • Entre a razão e o sentido : Durkheim, Weber e a teoria das ciências sociais. Porto : Afrontamento, 1988.[10]
  • Novos artesãos portugueses : quem são, o que fazem?. Porto : Centro Regional de Artes Tradicionais, 1989.
  • Educação de adultos : educação para o desenvolvimento. Porto : Asa, 1990.[11]
  • Tempos cruzados : um estudo interpretativo da cultura popular. Porto : Afrontamento, 1994.[12]
  • Prática e representação das culturas : um inquérito na área metropolitana do Porto. Com Helena Santos. Porto : Centro Regional de Artes Tradicionais, 1995.
  • Avaliação do sistema das escolas profissionais. Coordenação de Júlio Montalvão e Silva. Colaboração de Augusto Santos Silva e José Manuel Prostes da Fonseca. Lisboa : Ministério da Educação, 1996.
  • Palavras para um país : estudos incompletos sobre o século XIX português. Oeiras : Celta, 1997.
  • Educação para a cidadania democrática : algumas iniciativas em curso na área de Lisboa : projecto. Coordenação e projecto de Augusto Santos Silva. Lisboa : Ministério da Educação, Gabinete de Assuntos Europeus e Relações Internacionais, 1998.
  • Parte devida : intervenções públicas, 1992–1998. Porto : Afrontamento, 1999.
  • A educação artística e a promoção das artes, na perspectiva das políticas públicas : relatório do Grupo de Contacto entre os Ministérios da Educação e da Cultura. Coordenador. Lisboa : Ministério da Educação, 2000.
  • A educação para a cidadania no sistema educativo português : 1974–1999. Com Carla Cibele Figueiredo. Lisboa : Ministério da Educação, 2000.
  • Cultura e desenvolvimento : estudos sobre a Relação entre Ser e Agir. Oeiras : Celta, 2000.
  • Por uma política de ideias em educação. Porto : Asa, 2002.
  • Projecto e circunstância : culturas urbanas em Portugal. Organização de Carlos Fortuna e Augusto Santos Silva. Direção de Boaventura de Sousa Santos. Porto : Afrontamento, 2002.
  • A sociologia e o debate público : estudos sobre a relação entre conhecer e agir. Porto : Afrontamento, 2006.
  • Os valores da esquerda democrática : vinte teses oferecidas ao escrutínio crítico. Coimbra : Almedina e Fundação Res Publica, 2010.
  • Os porquês da esperança : ideias a favor do futuro em Portugal. Com Paulo Magalhães. Lisboa : Matéria-Prima, 2015.[13]

See also

References

  1. Carvalho, Manuel (12 June 2015). "O "príncipe" que nenhum líder do PS ousou dispensar". Publico (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  2. Meireles, Luisa (24 November 2015). "Ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros: Santos Silva, um homem polivalente". Expresso (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  3. Borga, Marcos (11 November 2015). "PS, Bloco e PCP. A "geringonça" anda ou não anda?". Expresso (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  4. Charlie Cooper (March 29, 2017), What the EU27 wants from Brexit Politico Europe.
  5. Andrei Khalip (September 25, 2018), Portugal warns Venezuela ties may suffer over jailed supermarket managers Reuters.
  6. "CIDADÃOS NACIONAIS AGRACIADOS COM ORDENS ESTRANGEIRAS". Ordens Honorificas Portuguesas (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  7. "Cidadãos Nacionais Agraciados com Ordens Estrangeiras". Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  8. "Real Decreto 225/2018, de 13 de abri". Spanish Official Journal. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  9. Diversas edições.
  10. Várias edições.
  11. Tem 2.ª edição.
  12. Tese de doutoramento em Sociologia apresentada ao Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e Empresa.
  13. A fonte das obras publicadas é a PORBASE.
Political offices
Preceded by
Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins
Minister of Education
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Júlio Pedrosa
Preceded by
José Sasportes
Minister of Culture
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Pedro Roseta
Vacant
Title last held by
Rui Gomes da Silva
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Jorge Lacão
Preceded by
Nuno Severiano Teixeira
Minister of National Defense
2009–2011
Succeeded by
José Pedro Aguiar-Branco
Preceded by
Rui Machete
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2015–present
Incumbent
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