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Political Symposium


Between August 27 and 29, 2017, the Political Symposium will focus on current challenges of European and international politics. The programme will include questions like the future of European affairs, innovation in democracy and governance, or how to find solutions to the key obstacles of international cooperation. Over 20 partner organisations from Austria, Europe and the United States will bring in their expertise. During two warm-up days, interactive seminars will deliver behind-the-scenes insight into diplomacy and international affairs.

Political Symposium

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Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner


09:30 - 12:00The Dublin dilemma and the way outPartner
10:00 - 12:00Political campaigning behind the scenesPlenary
14:00 - 16:00What is the contribution of the law in establishing justice?Plenary
16:30 - 17:30Opening IIPlenary
18:00 - 19:30Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with a new world orderPlenary


10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: Constructive conflicts through better governance: what could "collective intelligence" accomplish?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migrationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcoming security challengesBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with diminishing cohesionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: 60 years of the Treaty of Rome: Conflict and cooperation from the European Economic Community to the European UnionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risksBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertaintyBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside outBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 12: Security 4.0Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges in integrating female refugees in AustriaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 14: Evidence-based policy-making in postfactual timesBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe's next narrativeBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 16: Policy-making: from the ministerial cabinet to the administrationBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Cental Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policyBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to the failure of half a century of drug prohibitionBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: conflict and cooperationBreakout
17:30 - 19:00The USA, the EU and Eastern Europe: what changes does the new US administration bring?Plenary


09:00 - 12:30How to implement the SDGs: taking the human factor into accountPlenary

General Partner European Forum Alpbach 2017