Augusto Santos Silva

Augusto Santos Silva
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
26 November 2015
Prime Minister António Costa
Preceded by Rui Machete
Minister of National Defence
In office
26 October 2009  21 June 2011
Prime Minister José Sócrates
Preceded by Nuno Severiano Teixeira
Succeeded by José Pedro Aguiar Branco
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
In office
12 March 2005  26 October 2009
Prime Minister José Sócrates
Preceded by Rui Gomes da Silva
Succeeded by Jorge Lacão
Minister of Culture
In office
3 July 2001  6 April 2002
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by José Sasportes
Succeeded by Pedro Roseta
Minister of Education
In office
14 September 2000  3 July 2001
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins
Succeeded by Júlio Pedrosa
Personal details
Born (1956-08-20) August 20, 1956
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater University of Porto (B.A.) (1978)
ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (Ph.D.) (1992)
Profession University professor

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


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. Since the beginning of 2015, he has been serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs.[2][3]

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.



See also


  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. "CIDADÃOS NACIONAIS AGRACIADOS COM ORDENS ESTRANGEIRAS". Ordens Honorificas Portuguesas (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  5. Diversas edições.
  6. Várias edições.
  7. Tem 2.ª edição.
  8. Tese de doutoramento em Sociologia apresentada ao Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e Empresa.
  9. A fonte das obras publicadas é a PORBASE.
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Preceded by
Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Júlio Pedrosa
Preceded by
José Sasportes
Minister of Culture
Succeeded by
Pedro Roseta
Title last held by
Rui Gomes da Silva
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
Succeeded by
Jorge Lacão
Preceded by
Nuno Severiano Teixeira
Minister of National Defense
Succeeded by
José Pedro Aguiar-Branco
Preceded by
Rui Machete
Minister of Foreign Affairs
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