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17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?

Breakout / Democracy & Governance
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Are the current democratic developments in Central and Eastern Europe (not only in Poland, Serbia, Hungary but also in Macedonia and Russia) a necessary phase through which a young democracy has to pass to reach a “mature” and stable stage? Or do they represent something of a leap over several developmental stages, and thus indicating developments that the so-called “old” democracies may now have to face?


Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance; Krems
Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
Intern-collaborator, South East European University - Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications, Skopje
Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna Chair

Dr. Ulrike GUEROT

Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance; Krems

1983-1989 Politische Wissenschaften, Geschichte und Volkswirtschaft, Köln, Bonn und Paris
1984-1989 Stipendiatin, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
1986-1988 DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Stipendium, Institut d'Etudes de Sciences Politiques de Paris & Sorbonne
1989-1992 Promotionsstudium, Universität Münster, über die Geschichte der Sozialistischen Partei Frankreich
1995-1996 Director of Communication, Association for the Monetary Union of Europe, Paris
1996-1998 Referentin von Jacques Delors, Notre Europe, Paris
1998-1999 Assistant Professor European Studies, The Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.
1999-2000 Referentin für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten, Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände, BDA, Berlin
2000-2003 Leiterin, Arbeitsstelle Europa, DGAP - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, Berlin
2004-2007 Director Foreign Policy & Senior Transatlantic Fellow, GMF - German Marshall Fund
2007-2013 Büroleiterin, ECFR - European Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin
2013-2014 Senior Fellow, OSIFE - Open Society Initiative for Europe, German Operation, Berlin
2014 Gastforscherin, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
seit 2014 Gründerin und Direktorin, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Berlin
seit 2016 Director, Department for European Policy and the study of Democracy, Donau-University Krems


Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

since 1994 Charman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
2004-2006 Executive Director, International Commission on the Balkans (chair: former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato)
2005-2011 Editor-in-Chief of the Bulgarian Edition of Foreign Policy
2005-2011 Member, Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
since 2010 Permanent Fellow, IWM - Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna


Intern-collaborator, South East European University - Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications, Skopje

1984 Free-lance journalist
1987-1989 Free-lance journalist
1985-1986 Journalist, weekly magazine "Mlad borec"
1989-1990 Deputy Editor-in-Chief, weekly magazine "Mlad borec"
1991-1992 Founder & Assistant Editor-in-Chief at the weekly newsmagazine "Puls"
1992-1994 Founder & CEO of the Macedonial Information Center (MIC)
1994-1996 CEO & Editor-in-Chief of the Macedonian National Television (MKTV)
1996 Unit Manager (MK team) of "The Peacemaker", the first feature produced by Production Company Dreamworks SKG
1996-1997 External Affairs, The World Bank Resident Mission, Skopje
1997 Co-founder, Forum Group; Editor-in-Chief, FORUM Magazine
1997 Co-founder, NGO Forum - Center for Strategic Research & Documentation; Editor-in-Chief; ist Review "Forum Analytics"
since 2001 Macedonian Project Editor, Institute for War & Peace Reporting, London
2011-2014 Director for Media and Public Affairs at VEVE Group, Skopje
2015 Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna
since 2015 Program Manager at Forum´s Center for Strategic Research and Documentation

M.Sc. Franz Karl PRÜLLER

Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna

1986-1988 BA International Studies, Webster University, St Louis, MO
1988-1996 Emergency Aid Coordinator, Caritas Austria, Vienna
1996-2005 Secretary General, International Programmes and Project Department, Caritas Austria, Vienna
2005-2012 Director, Social Development Programmes, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna
2008 M.Sc. Development Management, Open University, England
2012-2016 Member of the Board, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna
since 2016 Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna

Political Symposium

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14:00 - 18:00Professional Programme "Our World's Future"Partner
15:00 - 18:00Generational perspectives on security policyPartner
15:00 - 18:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner


09:00 - 12:00Devil's diplomacyPartner
09:00 - 12:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
10:00 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Ruth Dreifuss: women and powerPartner
10:00 - 12:00The 2016 US election behind the scenesPlenary
14:00 - 16:30Opening: values and visions of a united EuropePlenary
17:00 - 18:30Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international systemPlenary
19:00 - 20:30The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring?Plenary


08:30 - 09:30Breakfast Club 03: POLITICO morning briefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migrationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challengesBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risksBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertaintyBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside outBreakout
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Talia SassonPartner
12:30 - 14:00Lunch receptionBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 12: Digital Security: Social MediaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in AustriaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe's next narrativeBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 16: The Dublin dilemma and the way outBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practiceBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territoryBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 21: Democracy reloaded: what can we learn from bottom-up democratic innovations?Breakout
17:30 - 19:00Security and liberty in the digital futurePlenary
19:30 - 21:00Green Innovation: urgent & important at oncePlenary


09:00 - 12:30Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviourPlenary