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Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and Asia

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Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal
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?

Speakers

Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
Director General, UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna
Ambassador of the European Union to the People's Republic of China and Mongolia, Beijing
Ambassador; President, Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, Beijing
Brussels bureau chief and TV correspondent, SRF - Swiss Radio and Television, Brussels Chair

Dr. Karin KNEISSL

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

 On 18 December 2017, Dr Karin Kneissl was appointed Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria. Karin Kneissl was born in 1965 in Vienna. She studied law and Arab studies at the University of Vienna. She also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Amman, the University of Urbino and was a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Karin Kneissl is also a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris. From 1990 to 1998 Karin Kneissl held a number of posts in the Austrian diplomatic service, including in the cabinet of then foreign minister Dr Alois Mock, in the Office of International Law and at the Austrian embassies in Paris and Madrid.
 Since 1998 Karin Kneissl has worked as an independent lecturer in the areas of international law, Middle Eastern history and the energy market at various universities, including the University of Vienna; the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna; the European Business School in the Rheingau, Germany; the International Centre for Human Sciences in Byblos, Lebanon; Saint-Joseph University in Beirut; as well as at the Austrian Armed Forces National Defence Academy, Vienna and Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria. Karin Kneissl has also worked since 1998 as an independent commentator and correspondent for numerous German and English-speaking print media, as well as for the Austrian state broadcaster ORF. She has authored a large number of books and publications. Karin Kneissl is co-founder and vice president of Whistleblowing Austria as well as vice president of the Society for Politico-Strategic Studies, STRATEG. She has worked in local politics in her home community of Seibersdorf and plays an active role in numerous non-profit organisations in Austria and Lebanon. Karin Kneissl speaks various foreign languages: Arabic, English, French, Hebrew (basic), Italian, Hungarian (basic) and Spanish.

Yong LI

Director General, UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna

 LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policy-maker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, Mr. Li was involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies, and in supporting sound economic growth in China. He pushed forward financial sector reform, and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. Mr. Li gave great importance to fiscal and financial measures in favor of agricultural development and SMEs, the cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.

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
2007 -2010 Permanent Representative of Austria to the European Union in Brussels
2011 -2014 Ambassador of the European Union to Japan

Hailong WU

Ambassador; President, Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, Beijing

1978-1981 Staff member, Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
1981-1986 Attaché and later Third Secretary, Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
1986-1988 Third Secretary, and later Second Secretary, of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences, MFA.
1988-1992 Second Secretary, and later First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations.
1992-1996 First Secretary, and later the Deputy Division Director, Department of International Organizations and Conferences, MFA.
1996-1999 Counselor, Chinese Embassy in the State of Israel.
1999-2001 Deputy Director-General, Department of International Organizations and Conferences, MFA.
2001-2004 Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
2004-2006 Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
2006-2009 Director-General, Department of International Organizations and Conferences, MFA.
2009-2011 Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs.
2011-2014 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Head of the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union.
 Since 2016 President, Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs
2014-2016 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland.

Sebastian RAMSPECK

Brussels bureau chief and TV correspondent, SRF - Swiss Radio and Television, Brussels

 Sebastian Ramspeck, a Swiss national, was born in Zurich. He studied international relations at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and European law at Zurich University. He is also a graduate of the Henri Nannen School of Journalism in Hamburg. Mr Ramspeck started his professional career in the Swiss federal administration in Berne, namely in the Ministry for Economic Affairs and in the Office of the Swiss Intelligence Services Coordinator. As a journalist, Mr Ramspeck has worked for various media companies in Switzerland and abroad, i.e. for the German newsmagazine "Spiegel" as a business correspondent in Düsseldorf. Since 2014, Sebastian Ramspeck is Brussels bureau chief and TV correspondent for Switzerland’s major national broadcaster "SRF".

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

13:30 - 16:30My Europe - My StoryPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial

26.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in educationPartner
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
18:30 - 20:30Green Finance: Private capital against climate changePartner
18:30 - 20:30Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regionsPartner
18:45 - 20:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:15 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

27.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in politicsPartner
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 age: From theory to practiceBreakout
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
13:00 - 14:45From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisisPartner
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do?Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council PresidencyPlenary

28.08.2018

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in businessPartner
09:30 - 10:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate changePlenary