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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)?

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

Array Nicholas DUNGAN

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

St. Paul's School, Concord, NH Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA Sciences Po, Paris Assistant Vice President, Chemical Bank, New York Director, Merrill Lynch, New York, London and Paris Executive Director, Sanwa International, London Senior Banker, Société Générale, Paris and New York Managing Director, Jefferies & Company, London and New York President, Dungan Associates LLC, London and New York President, French-American Foundation, New York Author, New York University Press, New York Senior Advisor, Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques, Paris Private Advisor on Strategy / Influence / Competitiveness, New York Senior Fellow, Programme on Transatlantic Relations, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.
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Dr. Christian GÖBEL

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

Lecturer, and Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Duisburg-Essen Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Asian Studies, Lund University, Lund Assistant Professor for the Economy and Society of China, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg Senior Lecturer of Political Science, Lund University, Lund
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Dr. Bihter SOMERSAN

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

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

Study of Political Sciences, Communication Sciences, History, University of Vienna M.A., University of Vienna Researcher. UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Vienna Teaching assistant, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna Consultant, United Nations Organization, lectures on various UN-topics, United Nations Office in Vienna Researcher, Office for Science of the City of Vienna; Holder, Forschungsstipendium der Stadt Wien Assistant, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna Leading Researcher, project "Reporting of Western Print Media about the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina", founded by the Austrian National Bank, Vienna 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 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 Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna Lecturer on Western Balkans and European Integration at the postgraduate MA-studies "Balkan-Studies" Research Analyst, Association Bosnia-Herzegovina 2005 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 Director, Austrian Office of the Center for European Integration Strategies (CEIS) Ph.D., University of Vienna Senior Researcher and Co-Chief of Party, Project: Transformation and Democratization of the Balkans Establisment and Co-Leading of the "Kosovo-Study-Group" dealing with the EU-performance in Kosovo and the Western Balkans Austrian Marshall Plan Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR), Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. 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) Non-Resident Senior Fellow, CTR, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. Affiliated Researcher, Austrian Institute for International Affairs (OIIP)
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  Lecturer, Department of Slavic Studies, University of Vienna
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  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)
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30.08.2015

09:00 - 10:00Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, PreventionPartner
12:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Muddling Through or Starting Anew?Plenary
16:30 - 18:00Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing InstabilityPlenary
17:30 - 19:00Focusing on Security PolicyPartner
18:00 - 20:00ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 21:30Young Talents – Los ColoradosCulture

31.08.2015

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

01.09.2015

07:00 - 07:30InDignityPlenary
07:30 - 08:15Existential RisksPlenary
08:45 - 10:15Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to RealityPlenary
10:15 - 10:30Concluding RemarksPlenary