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11: Transatlantic relations

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Hauptschule
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From the failure to ratify the Kyoto accords to the invasion of Iraq, splits in European and US policy have come to dominate the news of the past decade. This seminar will go beyond the headlines to examine to what extent these differences reflect core disputes or a temporary phase of Transatlantic relations. Beginning with a brief historical overview European-US relations, topics to be considered will include the decline of US hegemony and the place of EUrope/Europe in the New Order; shared transatlantic values, culture and institutions; the environment as an example of differing policy approaches; common security issues and the roles of NATO and European Security and Defense Policy; and foreign policy perspectives toward Russian and Chinese relations.

Proposed Seminar Topics

15.8.: Past and Present: Assessing the Contemporary State of Transatlantic Relations
16.8.: The End of US Hegemony? The Place of Europe in the New Order
17.8.: Common Values and Institutions: Is There a shared Transatlantic Culture?
18.8.: Differences in Policy Outcomes: Re-shaping the Environment
19.8.: Common and Differing Security Interests: From NATO and ESDP to Kosovo and Afghanistan
20.8.: Relating to the World: Differences in Foreign Policy toward Russia, China, and Globalization

Speakers

Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels
Chair and Marshall Plan Professor of History; Director, Center Austria, University of New Orleans Chair
Director, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chair

Dr. Thomas MAYR-HARTING

Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels

1977 Diploma, Law Studies in Vienna
1977-1978 Postgraduate-Studies, College of Europe, Bruges
1978 Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague
1979 Joined the Austrian Diplomatic Service
1982-1986 Austrian Mission to the European Communities, Brussels
1986-1990 Austrian Embassy, Moscow
1991-1993 Private Office of the Austrian Foreign Minister, Vienna
1993-1995 Deputy Head of Cabinet of Foreign Ministers Mock and Schüssel, Vienna
1995-1999 Deputy Political Director and Director for Security Policy and Policy Planning, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
1999-2003 Ambassador of Austria to Belgium and Head of the Austrian Mission to NATO, Brussels
2002-2004 Special Representative of the Austrian Foreign Minister for the Western Balkans
2003-2004 Representative of the Chancellor in the Reform Commission of the Federal Army, Vienna
2003-2008 Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs) of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
2008-2011 Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, New York
2009-2010 Also represented Austria on the United Nations Security Council, New York
2011 Vice-President of the 66th General Assembly of the UN, New York
2011-2015 Ambassador, (Head of the Delegation) of the European Union to the United Nations, New York
 Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin
 Lecturer, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna
since 2015 Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, European External Action Service, Brussels

Dr. Günter BISCHOF

Chair and Marshall Plan Professor of History; Director, Center Austria, University of New Orleans

1980 University of New Orleans, M.A.
1982 University of Innsbruck, Mag. Phil.
1983 Harvard University, M.A.
 Marshall Plan Professor of History; Director, Center Austria, University of New Orleans
 Gastprofessor an der Universität München, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg, Universität Wien, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
1989 Harvard University, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Robert M. JENKINS

Director, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1987-1995 Assistant Professor of Sociology, Yale University
1995-1999 Independent Research and Consulting
1991-2001 Administrative Director for Curriculum, UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
since 2001 Director, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, University of North Carolina

Seminar Week

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14.08.2008

17:00 - 17:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2008Plenary
17:30 - 19:00Opening speechesPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Presentation of the seminarsPlenary
20:30 - 23:00Opening receptionSocial

14.08.-21.08.2008

Seminar 01: Climate change and what we need to do about itSeminar
Seminar 02: Utopias and alternative (visions of) worldsSeminar
Seminar 03: Wirtschaftsforschung und WirtschaftspolitikSeminar
Seminar 04: Geschichtliche Situationsdeutungen und historische EntscheidungenSeminar
Seminar 05: A European people? Perception and formation of European citizensSeminar
Seminar 06: Ethics and biomedicine: Analysis of decisions and value judgementsSeminar
Seminar 07: Security policy becoming a European issueSeminar

14.08.-20.08.2008

Seminar 08: Who is in control? How the brain controls our thoughts and actionsSeminar
Seminar 09: PredictabilitySeminar
Seminar 10: Public opinion, opinion research and political decision-makingSeminar
Seminar 11: Transatlantic relationsSeminar
Seminar 12: Understanding fundamentalism: An interdisciplinary analysis of "Strong Religion"Seminar
Seminar 13: "Global Constitutional Network" - Limits and Possibilities of (Inter-)national JurisdictionsSeminar
Seminar 14: Art and perceptionSeminar

15.08.2008

20:30 - 21:30Special Lecture: Europe - Strategic decisions for the continentPlenary

16.08.2008

17:30 - 19:00Plenary session: Climate change and PredictabilityPlenary

18.08.2008

19:00 - 20:30Plenary session: 40 years after the Prague SpringPlenary

19.08.2008

17:30 - 19:00Plenary session: What has remained of 1968?Plenary