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01: New Approaches to Security – Cooperation, Concentration and Integration

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Decision-makers in European security and defence matters have to navigate a triangle of adaptation pressures: In the wake of the financial and economic crisis, defence budgets have come under severe pressure as governments have focused on overall budget consolidation. Secondly, it looks as though two decades of major overseas operations are drawing to a close with the vast majority of Western forces returning from their engagement in Afghanistan or the Western Balkans in 2014. While there is no doubt that future operational demands will arise, NATO in particular has to manage a transition from deployments to contingencies. Thirdly, the re-orientation of the US towards Asia has underlined that Europe will have to shoulder a greater share of the responsibility for global peace and security. Many commentators and observers of these adaptation pressures have suggested that intensified cooperation among European countries on security and defence matters would provide the only way forward to successfully generate the capacity and political will needed. Yet, in practice governments have been slow to embrace this logic. This seminar provides an opportunity to understand decision-making structures in security and defence, to analyse the pressures for greater cooperation as well as the obstacles that stand in the way, and to examine on-going initiatives for closer collaboration in NATO and the EU.

Topics are:
1) Introduction: Adaptation Pressures in the International Security Environment
2) Decision-Making in Security and Defence: Key Actors and Processes
3) The Merits and Perils of Cooperation in Security and Defence
4) Current Initiatives: Smart Defence in NATO, Pooling and Sharing in the EU
5) Conclusion: A Roadmap for Closer Cooperation?

Consulting Senior Fellow for European Security, IISS - The International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
Deputy Director, Euro-American Campus, Sciences Po Paris, Reims


Consulting Senior Fellow for European Security, IISS - The International Institute for Strategic Studies, London

MA Political Science, University of Potsdam, Potsdam Fulbright Fellow, University of Maryland, College Park, MD Project Manager, Aspen Institute Berlin, Berlin PhD International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London Research Fellow for European Security, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London Senior Researcher, Centre for Military History and Social Sciences, Potsdam
since 2010

M.A. Olivier RUCHET

Deputy Director, Euro-American Campus, Sciences Po Paris, Reims

Lecturer in Political Science and European Studies, Sciences Po, Paris Canada Research Fellow, University of Toronto, Canada Visiting Fellow, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin/European Science Foundation, Berlin Lecturer in the Euromasters programme, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences, Berlin Research Fellow, Turkey Project, European Stability initiative (ESI), Paris/Istanbul
since 2004

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:15 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2013 Plenary
15:15 - 15:30 Opening Concert Part I: Premiere of “The Light of Experience” Plenary
15:30 - 16:30 Opening Speeches Plenary
17:00 - 17:30 Opening Concert Part II Plenary
17:30 - 19:00 Presentation of the Seminars Plenary


Seminar 03: Democratic Interventionism or Responsibility to Protect? Seminar
Seminar 07: Between Faith and Atheism – Values and the Variety of Spiritual Experiences Seminar
Seminar 01: New Approaches to Security – Cooperation, Concentration and Integration Seminar
Seminar 08: The Evil in Art Seminar
Seminar 06: Exploring the Universe: Competition or Cooperation? Seminar
Seminar 05: Values in Science Seminar
Seminar 04: Motivation – A Biological and Social Base Seminar
Seminar 02: Open Data, Open Government, Open Society? Seminar
Seminar 11: What Kind of Foreign Policy – Value-Based or Realpolitik? Seminar
Seminar 12: Human Appropriation of Natural Resources  Challenges, Constraints and Ethical Aspects Seminar
Seminar 09: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Protecting and Developing an Open Society Seminar
Seminar 10: Power and Cyberspace Seminar
Seminar 16: Experiences in Migration and Integration: A Cultural Approach Seminar
Seminar 14: Roots of European Values Seminar
Seminar 15: Irrational Behaviour of Individuals: Implications for Economic Policy Seminar
Seminar 13: Synthetic Biology: Social and Ethical Implications Seminar


18:00 - 20:00 International Evening Culture


BarCamp: Transformations Seminar


16:00 - 17:30 Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its Values Culture