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Geopolitical paradigm shifts

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Panel
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Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union, Brussels
Editor and Publisher, Himal Southasian, Kathmandu Abstract
Conceptualising Southasian Regionalism
The region defined as Southasia contains nearly a fourth of the world population, and is today without doubt the most violent part of the globe. This is a Subcontinent marked by fundamentalist mass-level politics, sectarian divides, an active Maoist insurgency, suicide bombers and 'drone attacks', as well as a growing income divide, poor local government, unplanned urbanisation and neglect of agriculture as a source of sustenance. Because most of the nation-states of Southasia were 'born' as little as six decades ago, there is a high degree of ultra-nationalism as the national elites seek to consolidate in each country. Against this backdrop, I propose that the growth and consolidation of Southasian regionalism will be a significant factor to bring not only peace in this part of Asia, but promote economic, social and cultural advance of the citizenry at the mass level.
Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS - School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates, Washington, D.C. Abstract
The world of the 21st century is witnessing four fundamental paradigm shifts: meteorological, natural resource, demographic, and political/economic. The global climate is rapidly warming, with potentially devastating consequences for low lying coastal areas, countries dependent on glacial melt, and many food producing regions. The transition to low or no-carbon energy will accelerate, although recently discovered shale gas reserves will be exploited. Water may surpass oil and gas as a prized commodity. A dramatically new demographic profile will emerge: Europe, Japan, and China are aging rapidly; the U.S. is the only developed nation with replacement-rate fertility. How countries cope with these paradigm shifts will determine relative political/economic strength.
Abbot, Shaolin Temple China, Dengfeng Abstract
Der Shaolin Tempel gilt als die heilige Ursprungsstätte des Zen-Buddhismus und als Wiege des weltbekannten Shaolin Kung-Fu. Im Lauf von mehr als 1500 Jahren haben die Shaolin Mönche eine eigene Shaolin Kultur entwickelt und gepflegt. Diese Kultur ist eigentlich ein großes Ergebnis des kulturellen Austausches zwischen China und der Außenwelt. Auch in der Gegenwart zeigt sie im Prozess der Transformation Chinas und der Globalisierung der Welt starke Lebenskraft. Sie findet aufgrund ihrer Bedeutung für Friedensstiftung und Gesundheitsförderung immer mehr Akzeptanz und Beliebtheit. Mit dieser Kultur als ein großes Geschenk der chinesischen Nation für die Menschheit wird der Shaolin Tempel zum Frieden der Welt und Gesundheit der Menschheit beitragen. Dies ist eine Erwartung von Nelson Mandela an den Shaolin Tempel, zugleich auch der Herzenswunsch von mir als Träger der Shaolin Kultur.
Director, CAP - Center for Applied Policy Research, University of Munich
Ambassador ret.; President, Austrian UNESCO Commission, Vienna Chair

H.E. Vladimir CHIZHOV

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union, Brussels

1976 Embassy in Athens, Greece
1981 5th European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1985 Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus
1992 Counsellor, 2nd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1992 Head of UK/Ireland Division, 2nd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1993 Deputy Director, 2nd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1995 Deputy Head, Russian delegation to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria
1996 Deputy High Representative for Bosnia Peace Implementation, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
1997 Director, 3rd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1997-2000 Russian Special Representative for Cyprus
1999 Director, European Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2000-2002 Russian Special Representative for the Balkans
2002 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
2005 Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Communities, Brussels
 Conducted analytical research work on European security, OSCE, Russia-EU and Russia-NATO relations, Mediterranean, Balkans, problems of Cyprus and Northern Ireland, UN peace-keeping operations.
since 2010 Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union, Brussels

Kanak Mani DIXIT

Editor and Publisher, Himal Southasian, Kathmandu

1975 Bachelor of Arts, Tri Chandra College, Kathmandu
1978 Bachelor of Laws, Delhi University
1981 Master of International Affairs, Columbia University
1982 Master of Science in Journalism, Columbia University
since 1971 Journalist
1982-1990 United Nations Secretariat, New York
1987-1996 Editor, Himal (Himalayan magazine)
since 1996 Editor, Himal (South Asian)
since 1998 Publisher of Himal Khabarpatrika, fortnightly news magazine

Ph.D. M.A. B.A. Michael HALTZEL

Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS - School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates, Washington, D.C.

1969-1971 Tutor and Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Massachusetts
1971-1975 Assistant Professor of History, Hamilton College, New York
1975-1978 Deputy Director, Aspen Institute Berlin
1982-1984 Vice President for Academic Affairs, Longwood College, Virginia
1984-1985 Senior Vice President, International Management and Development Institute, Washington, D.C.
1985-1992 Director, West European Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.
1990 Member of the U.S. delegation to the Copenhagen CSCE Conference
1991 Guest Professor at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Ebenhausen
1992-1994 Chief, European Division, Library of Congress
1994-2005 Democratic Staff Director for European Affairs, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senior Advisor to U.S. Vice President (then-Senator) Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
1993, 2000, 2006 Member of the U.S. delegation to the Wehrkunde Security Conference, Munich
2000 Speech at Assemblée Nationale, Paris
2004 Member of the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of Boris Tadic as President of Serbia
2004 Speech at Deutscher Bundestag, Berlin
2005 Speech at NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Copenhagen
2005-2006 Senior Foreign Policy Advisor and Principal, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary U.S. LLP
since 2006 Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
since 2007 Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates (formerly Kissinger McLarty Associates), Washington, D.C.
2009 Speech at OSCE Permanent Council, Vienna
2009 Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 2009 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw
2010 Head of the U.S. Delegation to the OSCE 20th Anniversary Conference in Copenhagen

Yongxin SHI

Abbot, Shaolin Temple China, Dengfeng

 Grandmaster Shi Yongxin was born in 1965 and ordained in 1981. He began to preside over the world famous Shaolin Monastery in 1987 and took office as abbot in August 1999.
 As the Representative Inheritor of the Shaolin Culture, the Abbot has made invaluable contributions in the revival, preservation and promotion of the Shaolin legacy. His Shaolin Charitable Welfare Foundation has actively conducted poverty and disaster relief campaigns such as caring for thousands of orphans. As a member of the National People's Congress of China, he has made many proposals for improving the situation of Buddhists. In the year of 2000 he was chosen by the Chinese media as one of the hundred leaders of China who are influencing the future of the country in the 21st century.

Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner WEIDENFELD

Director, CAP - Center for Applied Policy Research, University of Munich

1966-1971 Studies of political sciences, history and philosophy, University of Bonn
1971 Graduation ad Ph.D.
1975 Habilitation, Political Sciences
1975-1995 Professor of Political Sciences, Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz
1986-1988 Professeur associé, Sorbonne, Paris
1987-1999 Coordinator, German-American Cooperation in the German government
since 1995 Director, Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP), University of Munich
since 1995 Professor for Political Systems and European Integration, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut, University of Munich
since 2000 permanent Guest-Professor, Remnin University of Peking
since 2012 Rector of Alma Mater Europaea, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg

Dr. Eva NOWOTNY

Ambassador ret.; President, Austrian UNESCO Commission, Vienna

1962-1968 Student of history and German philology and literature at the University of Vienna, 1968 Promotion to Doctor of Philosophy (major in modern European history)
1969-1973 Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna
1973 Entry into the Austrian Foreign Service
1975-1978 Minister Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations, New York
1983-1992 Foreign Policy Advisor to the Austrian Federal Chancellor
1992-1999 Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to France
1997-1999 Ambassador of the Republic of Austria at the Court of St. James
1999-2003 Director General for European Integration and Economic Affairs in the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
2003-2008 Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the United States of America, Permanent Observer of the Republic of Austria to the Organization of American States (OAS), Non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
2009 Appointment as President of the Austrian UNESCO Commission
2013 Appointment as Chair of the University Board of the University of Vienna

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