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11: What Kind of Foreign Policy – Value-Based or Realpolitik?

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Hauptschule
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Although the pursuit of national interests has always been the bedrock from which foreign policy is formulated, most decisions and actions today are explained as being in line with higher principles and purposes. In an interdependent world in which interests and threats are no longer geographically contained, shared values and rules have gained considerable ground, and states have moderated their pursuit of self-interest, sometimes  as in the case of EU Member States – even accepting considerable limitations of their sovereignty.
The seminar will posit that foreign policy is mostly a hybrid construct in which value considerations coexist uncomfortably with the stark realities of an interest-driven Realpolitik. It will examine the origins, application and limitations of these notions and their relevance in current diplomatic challenges, such as Mali, the Middle East and nuclear security. Special attention will be devoted to the growing relevance of  the individual in international relations, both in connection with human rights and accountability, and to the trend towards multilateralisation of foreign policy, as exemplified by the UN and the EU s Common Foreign and Security Policy. An attempt will be made  with the active help of participants and special guests  to define and test a plausible blueprint for an appropriate foreign policy for our times.

Speakers

Ambassador for the United Kingdom, Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Brussels
Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels
Austrian Ambassador, Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Brussels Chair
Executive Director, Security Council Report, New York; Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Republic of Costa Rica Chair

Julian BRAITHWAITE

Ambassador for the United Kingdom, Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Brussels

1992-1994 Desk Officer for European monetary issues, Bank of England, London
1994-1995 Desk Officer for NATO-Bosnia issues, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London
1995 Special Adviser to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General, United Nations, Zagreb
1996-1998 First Secretary Political, British Embassy Belgrade
1998-2002 Deputy spokesman for foreign and European affairs and then speechwriter for the Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, London
1999 Special Adviser to the Supreme Allied Commander, NATO,
2002-2004 Political Advisor and Director of Communications, Office of the High Representative and EU Special Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2004-2008 Counselor for Global Issues, British Embassy Washington
2008-2011 Director of Consular Services, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London
2011 Head of the Libya Communications Team, London
since 2011 UK Ambassador to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Brussels

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

Mag. Dr.iur. Alexander MARSCHIK

Austrian Ambassador, Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Brussels

1989-1996 Assistant Professor, Institute of International Law and International Relations, University of Vienna
1990-1998 Lecturer of International Law at the University of Vienna
1996 Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs; EU-Department
1997 First Secretary at the Austrian Mission to the United Nations in Geneva
1997-1999 Head of General-Affairs-Council Unit in the EU-Division, Austrian MFA
1999-2003 Legal and Political Counsellor at the Austrian Mission to the United Nations in New York
2003-2007 Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations
2007-2011 Ambassador; Director for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs, Vienna
since 2011 Austrian Ambassador to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union

DEA/MPP Bruno STAGNO UGARTE

Executive Director, Security Council Report, New York; Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Republic of Costa Rica

1988-1992 Universität Georgetown; Bachelor in Politikwissenschaften (Internationale Beziehungen)
1992-1994 Universität Sorbonne; Master in Politikwissenschaften (Politische Soziologie)
1994-1998 Generalkonsul und Stellvertreter, Botschaft von Costa Rica in Frankreich
1995-1997 CRI-Vertreter, OECD Emerging Market Economy Forum, Frankreich
1995-1998 CRI-Vertreter, OECD Multilateral Agreement on Investments, Frankreich
1995-1998 CRI-Vertreter, Bureau International des Expositions, Frankreich
1998-2002 Leiter Ministerbüro, Außenministerium
1999-2000 Mitglied, Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistence, Schweden
2000-2001 Master in Öffentlicher Politik, Universität Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School
2001-2002 Professor, Universidad de Costa Rica, Schule der Politikwissenschaften
2002 stv. Stadtratsmitglied, Escazú
2002-2006 Botschafter und Ständiger Vertreter bei der UNO
2003 Vizepräsident, Komitee für Kinderrechte, VN
2003 Vizepräsident, Konferenz über kleine Waffen und leichte Waffen, VN
2003-2004 Vizepräsident, XI und XII Kommission für nachhaltige Entwicklung, VN
2005-2006 Mitglied, Berater, Parlamentarians for Global Action, USA
2007-2009 Co-President of the Article 14 Conference of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, Vienna and New York
2005-2008 Präsident, Versammlung der Vertragsstaaten, Internationaler Strafgerichtshof
2006-2010 Amtsantritt als Außenminister

Seminar Week

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kategorie: Alle PlenarySeminar

12.08.2013

17:00 - 17:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2013Plenary
17:15 - 17:30Opening Concert Part I: Premiere of "The Light of Experience"Plenary
17:30 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 19:30Opening Concert Part IIPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary

13.08.-18.08.2013

Seminar 01: New Approaches to Security - Cooperation, Concentration and IntegrationSeminar
Seminar 02: Open Data, Open Government, Open Society?Seminar
Seminar 03: Democratic Interventionism or Responsibility to Protect?Seminar
Seminar 04: Motivation - A Biological and Social BaseSeminar
Seminar 05: Values in ScienceSeminar
Seminar 06: Exploring the Universe: Competition or Cooperation?Seminar
Seminar 07: Between Faith and Atheism - Values and the Variety of Spiritual ExperiencesSeminar
Seminar 08: The Evil in ArtSeminar
Seminar 09: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Protecting and Developing an Open SocietySeminar
Seminar 10: Power and CyberspaceSeminar
Seminar 11: What Kind of Foreign Policy - Value-Based or Realpolitik?Seminar
Seminar 12: Human Appropriation of Natural Resources  Challenges, Constraints and Ethical AspectsSeminar
Seminar 13: Synthetic Biology: Social and Ethical ImplicationsSeminar
Seminar 14: Roots of European ValuesSeminar
Seminar 15: Irrational Behaviour of Individuals: Implications for Economic PolicySeminar
Seminar 16: Experiences in Migration and Integration: A Cultural ApproachSeminar

13.08.2013

20:00 - 22:00International EveningCulture

14.08.2013

19:00 - 00:00BarCamp: TransformationsSeminar

15.08.2013

18:00 - 19:30Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its ValuesCulture