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09 Europe and Its Neighbours – EU External Relations at the Crossroads?

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Hauptschule
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This seminar will examine challenges and security risks arising from developments at Europe s Eastern and Southern periphery and analyse the question of whether the EU s strategic approach is still adequate. The seminar will first take stock of the changes which have occurred in the Arab world since uprisings started in early 2011. While some Arab countries find themselves in difficult transitions, Syria is the theatre of a war with a potential spill-over to its neighbours. It has become a battlefield in the  Cold War between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. Europe fears spreading political Islam and extremism and a growing refugee and migration problem. Second, we will look at the EU s Neighbourhood Policy in the countries of the so-called Eastern Partnership. After the failed Eastern Partnership Summit of November 2013 in Vilnius, which new strategies does the EU have for cooperating with its Eastern neighbours? Which effects did recent protests in Ukraine have on EU-Ukraine relations?

Speakers

Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ankara
Director, Neigbourhood Policy,EuropeAid Development and Cooperation Directorate-General,European Commission, Brüssel
Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels
Senior Editor, DER STANDARD; Lecturer on Modern History and Politics of the Middle East, University of Vienna and Diplomatic Academy of Vienna Chair
Ambassador and Head of Delegation, The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Chisinau Chair

Dr. Christian BERGER

Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ankara

1986-1987 Operations officer with the Austrian UN-Peacekeeping Battalion on the Golan, UNDOF
1989-1994 Working with the United Nations in Gaza and Jerusalem
1994-1997 Deputy Director at the OSCE in Vienna and Secretary of the OSCE Permanent Council; Deputy Executive Secretary to the Joint Consultative Group (Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe) and the Open Skies Consultative Commission
1997 Mr Berger joined the European institutions
1997-1999 Committee of the Regions
1999-2001 Responsible for relations with Syria, European Commission
2001-2005 Political Advisor on Middle Eastern issues
2005-2006 EU Representative to the Quartet Special Envoy Mr Wolfensohn
2006-2008 Head of the Crisis Response & Peacebuilding Unit in the EC
2009-2011 EU Representative for West Bank & Gaza office
since 2011 Director for North Africa, Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran in the European External Action Service; law degrees from Vienna and London

Dr. Marcus CORNARO

Director, Neigbourhood Policy,EuropeAid Development and Cooperation Directorate-General,European Commission, Brüssel

 Educational History
1976-1981 Studied Law, University of Vienna
 
 Professional experience before joining the European Institutions:
1981-1983 Postgraduate Studies of International Affairs and Development, The American University, Washington D.C.
1983 Joined the Austrian Foreign Service
1983-1984 Austrian sponsored Junior Professional Officer, UNDP office in Bamako, Mali
1985-1986 Staff member, office of the Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Austrian Federal Foreign Ministry
1986-1990 Special Attaché, Austrian Embassy, Harare, Zimbabwe
1990-1994 Head, Austrian Embassy's Regional Bureau for Development Co-operation, Kampala/Uganda
1994-1998 Department for Security Policy of the Federal Foreign Ministry, Vienna
 
 Professional experience in the European Institutions
1998-2000 Deputy Head (Minister), Austrian Embassy, Rome, also appointed as Austria's Alternate Governor at IFAD - The International Fund for Agricultural Development
2000-2001 Conseiller within European Commission, DG RELEX - Directorate-General for External Relations , responsibilities included participation in reform
2001-2003 Head of Unit in DG RELEX - Directorate-General for External Relations (Unit H4), in charge of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives and covering the two largest Asia programmes of the Commission
2003-2007 Ambassador  Head of European Commission Delegation, Hanoi, Vietnam
2007-2012 Director for the European Neighbourhood, covering Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Directorate-General Development and Cooperation, EuropeAid
since 2012 Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General Development and Cooperation, EuropeAid

Dr. Thomas MAYR-HARTING

Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels

1977 Diploma, Law Studies in Vienna
1977-1978 Postgraduate-Studies, College of Europe, Bruges
1978 Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague
1979 Joined the Austrian Diplomatic Service
1982-1986 Austrian Mission to the European Communities, Brussels
1986-1990 Austrian Embassy, Moscow
1991-1993 Private Office of the Austrian Foreign Minister, Vienna
1993-1995 Deputy Head of Cabinet of Foreign Ministers Mock and Schüssel, Vienna
1995-1999 Deputy Political Director and Director for Security Policy and Policy Planning, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
1999-2003 Ambassador of Austria to Belgium and Head of the Austrian Mission to NATO, Brussels
2002-2004 Special Representative of the Austrian Foreign Minister for the Western Balkans
2003-2004 Representative of the Chancellor in the Reform Commission of the Federal Army, Vienna
2003-2008 Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs) of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
2008-2011 Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, New York
2009-2010 Also represented Austria on the United Nations Security Council, New York
2011 Vice-President of the 66th General Assembly of the UN, New York
2011-2015 Ambassador, (Head of the Delegation) of the European Union to the United Nations, New York
 Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin
 Lecturer, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna
since 2015 Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, European External Action Service, Brussels

Mag. Dr. Gudrun HARRER

Senior Editor, DER STANDARD; Lecturer on Modern History and Politics of the Middle East, University of Vienna and Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

 Islamic and Arabic Studies, Vienna University (MA)
 International Relations Studies, Vienna University (Ph.D.), dissertation on the Iraqi nuclear programme
1993 Foreign Desk, Der Standard, Vienna
1998 The Foreign Editor, Der Standard, Vienna
2005 Lecturer of Modern Arab History, Vienna University, Institute of Oriental Studies
2006 Special Envoy of the Austrian Presidency of the European Union to Iraq and Chargé d'Affaires of the Austrian Embassy Baghdad
2007 Senior Editor and Middle East Editor, Der Standard
2007 Lecturer of Modern History and Politics of the Middle East, Diplomatic Academy Vienna

Pirkka TAPIOLA

Ambassador and Head of Delegation, The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Chisinau

 Prior to taking up duty in Chisinau, in September 2013, Ambassador Tapiola worked as Senior Adviser on Eastern Europe in the Strategic Planning Division of the European External Action Service (EEAS). From 2004 to 2009, he was Senior Adviser for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in the Policy Unit of the then EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Dr Javier Solana. Ambassador Tapiola's background is as a career member of the Finnish Diplomatic Service. His past assignments have included Deputy Head of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Latvia, Deputy Head of Mission of the Finnish Embassy to Thailand (also accredited to Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos), and Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Finland in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ambassador Tapiola holds a Masters Degree in Political Science/International Relations from the University of Helsinki.

Seminar Week

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13.08.2014

17:00 - 17:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2014Plenary
17:15 - 17:30Opening Concert, Part 1: sAmo for Flute, Violoncello and AccordionCulture
17:30 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 19:30Opening Concert, Part 2: Blink, Think & ListenCulture
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
21:00 - 22:00Bread and WineSocial

14.08.-19.08.2014

01 Sustainable Peace and Security - Who Cares?Seminar
02 The Politics of Emotions: Diagnosis and Historical TransformationsSeminar
03 An Energy Transition for the FutureSeminar
04 The Human MicrobiomeSeminar
05 Creativity and Innovation for GrowthSeminar
06 1814 - 1914 - 1989: Paradigm Shifts in Public International Law and PoliticsSeminar
07 Ethical Implications of Religious WorldviewsSeminar
08 Art and ProtestSeminar
09 Europe and Its Neighbours - EU External Relations at the Crossroads?Seminar
10 Collective Memory - Present Focus on the PastSeminar
11 Feeding the WorldSeminar
12 Decisions Under UncertaintySeminar
13 Macroeconomics - The Return of IdeologiesSeminar
14 Human - Machine - RoboticsSeminar
15 The Aftermath of 1914-1918: Images of the Great WarSeminar
16 The Key to Good GovernanceSeminar
17 Media from a Theoretical PerspectiveSeminar

14.08.2014

18:00 - 19:00Vernissage: Let the Children Play. On the 25th Anniversary of the UN-Declaration of the Rights of the ChildCulture

15.08.2014

19:00 - 20:30Literature Talk: Wars and Civil Wars in the Mirror of Current World LiteratureCulture

16.08.2014

18:00 - 19:30Courage. In Memoriam Fritz MoldenCulture

18.08.2014

19:30 - 20:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture

19.08.2014

19:00 - 22:00Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDUPlenary