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The Congress of Vienna 1815/2015/2115: Analyses, Perspectives, Projections

A Celebratory International Colloquium
The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) will host a colloquium, „The Congress of Vienna 1815/2015/2115: Analyses, Perspectives, Projections,“ in Vienna, Austria at the Gartenpalais Liechtenstein, June 7-8, 2015. The colloquium is convened under the auspices of LISD, The House of Liechtenstein, and the Federal Chancellery of Austria, in cooperation with the European Forum Alpbach.

Event date
Sunday, June 7, 2015 to Monday, June 8, 2015

Gartenpalais Liechtenstein, Fürstengasse 1, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Participating Speakers
Jose Manuel Barroso, Wolfgang Danspeckgruber (chair), Brigitte Ederer, Franz Fischler, Alexandra Foederl-Schmid, Harold James, Manfred Matzka, Andrew Moravcsik, Wolfgang Petritsch, Albert Rohan, Amin Saikal, Hans-Ulrich Seidt, Thomas Seifert, Reinhard Stauber, Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff, and many more

Please download the programme as PDF.

Registration required until June 3, 2015
The audience is invited to actively participate in the discussions at this colloquium. Participants may choose to attend one or several sessions. In order to register for the colloquium, we kindly ask you to send us your completed registration form by e-mail (registration@alpbach.org) or by Fax +43 1 718 17 01. In your response kindly indicate how many and which session(s) you plan to attend on the registration form. All sessions are on-the-record, free of charge, and open to the public. The conference language is English.

The objective of this special public colloquium in Palais Liechtenstein is to discuss and educate about the lessons and meaning for today of the Congress of Vienna of 1815 and project possible emanating perspectives into the future of Europe and the global system. The goal is to apply the Congress’ lessons to potential political, security, socio-economic, scientific, demographic and socio-cultural/religious developments of tomorrow – all with the intent of informing, engaging, educating and motivating the next generation of leaders.


By reviewing the dynamics of the challenges to today’s international order the colloquium will focus on the lessons learned from prior successful inclusive concert diplomacy as applied to the changing nature of today’s diplomacy, shaped by global real-time interaction with social media and non-state actors. In the current global setting, anything seems possible and the rules of order appear to be in the process of being re-written. Existing international institutions seem under-equipped for the task of effectively enforcing peace and stability. They face a series of challenges deriving from socio-economic and demographic developments; religious-ideological radicalization; nationalism and socio-cultural forces and values; non-state actors; globalization; nanotechnologies; environmental and health challenges; and the possibility of catastrophic terrorism. Finally, in this context of seemingly ineffective global governance structures, we see the re-emergence of great power geopolitics versus local self-determination.

Drawing from the lessons of history and the successes, and shortcomings, of various conceptions of “world order” following the ratification of the Final Acts of the Congress, the colloquium will seek to explore lessons, means, ways, and ideas for a more stable, peaceful, inclusive, and functioning order for our own uncertain times. By “thinking the unthinkable” and addressing what is too often avoided, one can develop proactive, out of the box, anticipatory ideas for possible stabilization of today’s world of multiple, many times interactive, crises, and search for means to avoid a further downward spiral dynamic. It is inspired by the successful conclusion of the Congress of Vienna in June 1815 which de facto brought about more than half a century of relative peace and stability to the European continent, permitting significant political, socio-economic, industrial and technological developments. The formation of states like Belgium and The Netherlands, Swiss permanent neutrality, and eventually German and Italian unification all took place during this period until the Franco-Prussian War.

The conference ist organised by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination/Princeton University