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12: Authoritarianism on the Rise: A New Global Competitor for Democracy

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Hauptschule
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In Eastern and South Eastern Europe, in the Caucasus, in Asia and in Latin America we are witnessing the resurgence of authoritarian regimes, be they “old-fashioned” ones adjusting to global circumstances or newly emerging forms of such governments. Authoritarian rule seems to be attractive, flexible and adaptable; it challenges democracy and its values. What makes contemporary authoritarianism attractive to citizens? How and where is it challenging democracy, globally and in specific regional settings like the Ukraine-Russia-nexus, Southeastern Europe, Turkey or Asia (Singapore, China)?

Speakers

Senior Advisor, IRIS - Institut de Relations Interntionales et Stratégiques, Paris; Adjunct Faculty, Collège Universitaire, Sciences Po, Paris
Professor of Chinese Studies, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna
Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies, Beykent University, Istanbul
Regional Director for Europe, OSF - Open Society Foundations, and Director, OSIFE - Open Society Initiative for Europe, Barcelona
Senior Researcher, oiip - Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Vienna; Lecturer, University of Vienna Chair

Nicholas DUNGAN

Senior Advisor, IRIS - Institut de Relations Interntionales et Stratégiques, Paris; Adjunct Faculty, Collège Universitaire, Sciences Po, Paris

1969 St. Paul's School, Concord, NH
1973 Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
1978 Sciences Po, Paris
1978-1982 Assistant Vice President, Chemical Bank, New York
1982-1991 Director, Merrill Lynch, New York, London and Paris
1991-1996 Executive Director, Sanwa International, London
1996-2000 Senior Banker, Société Générale, Paris and New York
2000-2002 Managing Director, Jefferies & Company, London and New York
2002-2005 President, Dungan Associates LLC, London and New York
2005-2008 President, French-American Foundation, New York
2009-2010 Author, New York University Press, New York
since 2010 Senior Advisor, Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques, Paris
2011-2013 Private Advisor on Strategy / Influence / Competitiveness, New York
since 2011 Senior Fellow, Programme on Transatlantic Relations, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.
since 2014 Adjunct Faculty, Collège Universitaire, Sciences Po, Euro-American Campus, Reims

Dr. Christian GÖBEL

Professor of Chinese Studies, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna

2003-2008 Lecturer, and Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Duisburg-Essen
2009-2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Asian Studies, Lund University, Lund
2012-2013 Assistant Professor for the Economy and Society of China, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg
since 2012 Senior Lecturer of Political Science, Lund University, Lund
since 2013 Professor of Contemporary China Studies, University of Vienna

Dr. Bihter SOMERSAN

Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies, Beykent University, Istanbul

1995-1998 Political Science, Law, Sociology, Pedagogy, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
1997 Fellow, Friedrich-Naumann Stiftung, Potsdam
1998 Master, Political Science, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
2001-2010 Lecturer of Political Sociology, Gender Studies and International Relations, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Yeditepe University, Istanbul
2010 Ph.D., Political Science, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
2010 Marshall Memorial Fellow, German Marshall Fund, Washington D.C.
since 2010 Founding Member, Equality Watch Women's Group (ESITIZ), Istanbul
since 2011 Adjunct Professor of International Relations and Gender Studies, Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Bahçe_ ehir University, Istanbul
2013-2014 Expert in the Project Enhancing Democracy pre and post EU Accession, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Brussels
since 2014 Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies, Beykent University, Istanbul
2014 Leading Women's Rights Expert Scholar, Trust Women - Putting the Rule of Law Behind Women s Rights, Thomson Reuters Foundation, London
2015 Invited Speaker, Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), Feminism in Theory, Practice, and Policy, Washington

Jordi VAQUER

Regional Director for Europe, OSF - Open Society Foundations, and Director, OSIFE - Open Society Initiative for Europe, Barcelona

 MA, College of Europe, Bruges
 Ph.D., International Relations, LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science, London
 Director, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Barcelona

Dr. Vedran DZIHIC

Senior Researcher, oiip - Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Vienna; Lecturer, University of Vienna

1995-1999 Study of Political Sciences, Communication Sciences, History, University of Vienna
1999 M.A., University of Vienna
1999-2000 Researcher. UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Vienna
1999-2002 Teaching assistant, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
1999-2008 Consultant, United Nations Organization, lectures on various UN-topics, United Nations Office in Vienna
2001-2003 Researcher, Office for Science of the City of Vienna; Holder, Forschungsstipendium der Stadt Wien
2002-2004 Assistant, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
2003-2005 Leading Researcher, project "Reporting of Western Print Media about the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina", founded by the Austrian National Bank, Vienna
2003-2005 Researcher, Project of the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (OIIP) conducted within the NODE-framwork (Perspectives of the EU-Enlargement for the Western Balkans), Vienna
since 2003 Various lectures, Workshops, Seminars, Media Activities in the USA, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Sweden, Turkey, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, China
since 2004 Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
since 2004 Lecturer on Western Balkans and European Integration at the postgraduate MA-studies "Balkan-Studies"
2005-2006 Research Analyst, Association Bosnia-Herzegovina 2005
2005-2006 Project Leader and Senior Researcher, Project Design and Management, Coordination of Public activities in Austria, Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia; Title of the Project: Imaginations of Europe, Comparing Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia, New Orientations for Democracy in Europe (NODE), Vienna
  Lecturer, Department of Slavic Studies, University of Vienna
since 2006 Director, Austrian Office of the Center for European Integration Strategies (CEIS)
2008 Ph.D., University of Vienna
  Co-Chief of Party, Project: Europäisierung von Bosnien-Herzegovina, Kroatien und Serbien. Interne Voraussetzungen und Folgen eines (Nicht)EU-Beitritts
  Coordination of the Research Platform "POTREBA" (www.univie.ac.at/potreba)
since 2008 Senior Researcher and Co-Chief of Party, Project: Transformation and Democratization of the Balkans
2010 Establisment and Co-Leading of the "Kosovo-Study-Group" dealing with the EU-performance in Kosovo and the Western Balkans
2010-2011 Austrian Marshall Plan Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR), Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
2010-2012 Co-Chief of Party - Research Project "Demokratie in sozial unsicheren Räumen. Zum Zusammenhang zwischen Migration und Demokratie in Serbien" (together with Prof. Dieter Segert and Prof. Heinz Fassmann)
since 2011 Non-Resident Senior Fellow, CTR, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
since 2012 Affiliated Researcher, Austrian Institute for International Affairs (OIIP)
since 2012 Co-Director of Center for Advanced Studies, South East Europe

Political Symposium

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29.08.2015

18:00 - 19:30The Grand Bargain of Humanitarian Assistance: How to Mobilise More Aid and Make It More Effective?Partner

30.08.2015

11:00 - 12:00Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, PreventionPartner
14:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:00Muddling Through or Starting Anew?Plenary
18:30 - 20:00Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing InstabilityPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Focusing on Security PolicyPartner
20:00 - 22:00ReceptionSocial
22:00 - 23:30Young Talents - Los ColoradosCulture

31.08.2015

08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Success! The Do's and Don'ts of Changemaking in EuropeBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Wartime Journalism: The Case of UkraineBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Losing Out: Paths to Radicalism?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Austria in the EU: 20 Years of Experiences and ExpectationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Eradication of Energy Poverty: A Key to Reducing InequalityBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: New Paradigms for European SecurityBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Does the EU Drive (In-)Equality?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Inequality of Outcome and Inequality of Opportunity: Two Incompatible Sides of the Same Coin?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Interoperability in Humanitarian Operations: From Coexistence to CooperationBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: Young Refugees in Europe: Missed Opportunities - Future Chances?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Inclusiveness: The Key to Sustained ProsperityBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Authoritarianism on the Rise: A New Global Competitor for DemocracyBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Unequal State: How Inequality Blocks Society's Creativity and How to Achieve Radical ChangeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Integrating People | Knowledge | Potential: Recognition of Migrant's SkillsBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The EU Member States: Giants, Dwarfs and Those in Between?Breakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Towards More Union in European DefenceBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: How to Make TTIP Inclusive for All? Towards a Fair World Trade OrderBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: Sustainable Development Goals: Why Should Europe Care?Breakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: The Inequality of Climate ChangeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 20: Games Politicians Should PlayBreakout
17:00 - 18:30Dead-End Europe? Asylum and Refugee Policy in FocusPlenary
19:00 - 20:30The EU and Russia: Rivals, Opponents, Partners?Plenary
21:00 - 22:30CANCELED - Late Night Talk: Islam, "Islamic State" and ViolencePlenary

01.09.2015

09:00 - 09:30InDignityPlenary
09:30 - 10:15Existential RisksPlenary
10:45 - 12:15Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to RealityPlenary
12:15 - 12:30Concluding RemarksPlenary