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Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and Asia

Plenary / Global power
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In terms of its expanding economic, military, development policy, and diplomatic interests, China’s hegemony is now reaching global dimensions. To what extent does this dynamic replace the standing and influence of the United States? What opportunities and risks arise henceforth for Europe and Asia and does the new Silk Road play a relevant role?


Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
Ambassador of the European Union to the People's Republic of China and Mongolia, Beijing


Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna

1983-1987 Studium, Rechtswissenschaften und Arabistik an der Universität Wien
1988 Postgraduale Studien an der Hebräischen Universität von Jerusalem/Israel in internationalen Beziehungen und an der Universität Urbino/Italien in Europarecht
1989 Georgetown/USA Fellow am Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
1990-1998 Im diplomatischen Dienst der Republik Österreich, u.a. in der Politischen Sektion, Völkerrechtsbüro und im Kabinett des Bundesministers, auf Auslandsposten in Paris und Madrid
1991 Dissertation in Völkerrecht über den Grenzbegriff der Konfliktparteien im Nahen Osten
1992 Ecole Nationale d'Administration ENA Paris/Frankreich (Promotion Gambetta)
seit 1998 Freischaffend tätig, u.a. als unabhängige Korrespondentin und Lehrbeauftragte an der Universität Wien (1995-2004), der Diplomatischen Akademie Wien (2000-2007), als Research Faculty Member an der Webster Universität Wien, dem Centre International des Sciences de l'Homme Byblos/Libanon, Landesverteidigungsakademie u.a. in den Bereichen Völkerrecht, Geschichte des Nahen Ostens, Staatenimplosionen, Energiemarkt

Dr.iur. Hans-Dietmar SCHWEISGUT

Ambassador of the European Union to the People's Republic of China and Mongolia, Beijing

1974 Graduation, Law Faculty (Dr. Jur.), Innsbruck University
1975 MCL, SMU, Dallas, USA
1975-1977 Postgraduate studies, Diplomatische Akademie Wien (Diplomatic Academy Vienna)
1977 Joins the Austrian diplomatic service
1979-1983 Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations, New York
1983-1984 Head of the office, State Secretary for Economic Coordination in the Austrian Federal Chancellery
1984-1986 Secretary and later head of the office to the Federal Minister for Public Economy and Transport of Austria
1986-1987 Economic advisor to the Austrian Federal Minister of Finance
1987-1991 Minister at the Austrian Embassy, Tokyo
  Institutions, European Integration, Customs and excise taxes
1991-1999 Director General for Economic Integration and Customs of the Federal Ministry of Finance, responsible for economic and monetary policy, international affairs, including the International Financial
1999-2003 Ambassador of Austria to Japan
2003-2007 Ambassador of Austria to the People's Republic of China
since 2007 Permanent Representative of Austria to the European Union in Brussels

Political Symposium

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13:30 - 16:30My Europe: How to tell the storyPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial


08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hike: MindfulnessPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
15:00 - 16:15Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
17:00 - 18:15Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:45 - 20:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial


08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital ageBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do? (Что делать?)Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council presidencyPlenary


09:30 - 10:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and effort to mitigate climate changePlenary