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09 Europe and Its Neighbours – EU External Relations at the Crossroads?

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This seminar will examine challenges and security risks arising from developments at Europe s Eastern and Southern periphery and analyse the question of whether the EU s strategic approach is still adequate. The seminar will first take stock of the changes which have occurred in the Arab world since uprisings started in early 2011. While some Arab countries find themselves in difficult transitions, Syria is the theatre of a war with a potential spill-over to its neighbours. It has become a battlefield in the  Cold War between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. Europe fears spreading political Islam and extremism and a growing refugee and migration problem. Second, we will look at the EU s Neighbourhood Policy in the countries of the so-called Eastern Partnership. After the failed Eastern Partnership Summit of November 2013 in Vilnius, which new strategies does the EU have for cooperating with its Eastern neighbours? Which effects did recent protests in Ukraine have on EU-Ukraine relations?

Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ankara
Director, Neigbourhood Policy,EuropeAid Development and Cooperation Directorate-General,European Commission, Brüssel
Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels
Senior Editor, DER STANDARD; Lecturer on Modern History and Politics of the Middle East, University of Vienna and Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
Ambassador and Head of Delegation, The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Chisinau

Dr. Christian BERGER

Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ankara

Operations officer with the Austrian UN-Peacekeeping Battalion on the Golan, UNDOF Working with the United Nations in Gaza and Jerusalem Deputy Director at the OSCE in Vienna and Secretary of the OSCE Permanent Council; Deputy Executive Secretary to the Joint Consultative Group (Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe) and the Open Skies Consultative Commission Mr Berger joined the European institutions Committee of the Regions Responsible for relations with Syria, European Commission Political Advisor on Middle Eastern issues EU Representative to the Quartet Special Envoy Mr Wolfensohn Head of the Crisis Response & Peacebuilding Unit in the EC EU Representative for West Bank & Gaza office
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Dr. Marcus CORNARO

Director, Neigbourhood Policy,EuropeAid Development and Cooperation Directorate-General,European Commission, Brüssel

Studied Law, University of Vienna Postgraduate Studies of International Affairs and Development, The American University, Washington D.C. Joined the Austrian Foreign Service Austrian sponsored Junior Professional Officer, UNDP office in Bamako, Mali Staff member, office of the Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Austrian Federal Foreign Ministry Special Attaché, Austrian Embassy, Harare, Zimbabwe Head, Austrian Embassy's Regional Bureau for Development Co-operation, Kampala/Uganda Department for Security Policy of the Federal Foreign Ministry, Vienna Deputy Head (Minister), Austrian Embassy, Rome, also appointed as Austria's Alternate Governor at IFAD - The International Fund for Agricultural Development Conseiller within European Commission, DG RELEX - Directorate-General for External Relations , responsibilities included participation in reform Head of Unit in DG RELEX - Directorate-General for External Relations (Unit H4), in charge of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives and covering the two largest Asia programmes of the Commission Ambassador  Head of European Commission Delegation, Hanoi, Vietnam Director for the European Neighbourhood, covering Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Directorate-General Development and Cooperation, EuropeAid
 Educational History
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Dr. Thomas MAYR-HARTING

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

Diploma, Law Studies in Vienna Postgraduate-Studies, College of Europe, Bruges Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague Joined the Austrian Diplomatic Service Austrian Mission to the European Communities, Brussels Austrian Embassy, Moscow Private Office of the Austrian Foreign Minister, Vienna Deputy Head of Cabinet of Foreign Ministers Mock and Schüssel, Vienna Deputy Political Director and Director for Security Policy and Policy Planning, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna Ambassador of Austria to Belgium and Head of the Austrian Mission to NATO, Brussels Special Representative of the Austrian Foreign Minister for the Western Balkans Representative of the Chancellor in the Reform Commission of the Federal Army, Vienna Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs) of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, New York Also represented Austria on the United Nations Security Council, New York Vice-President of the 66th General Assembly of the UN, New York Ambassador, (Head of the Delegation) of the European Union to the United Nations, New York
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 Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin
 Lecturer, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna

Mag. Dr. Gudrun HARRER

Senior Editor, DER STANDARD; Lecturer on Modern History and Politics of the Middle East, University of Vienna and Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Foreign Desk, Der Standard, Vienna The Foreign Editor, Der Standard, Vienna Lecturer of Modern Arab History, Vienna University, Institute of Oriental Studies Special Envoy of the Austrian Presidency of the European Union to Iraq and Chargé d'Affaires of the Austrian Embassy Baghdad Senior Editor and Middle East Editor, Der Standard
 Islamic and Arabic Studies, Vienna University (MA)
 International Relations Studies, Vienna University (Ph.D.), dissertation on the Iraqi nuclear programme
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Pirkka TAPIOLA

Ambassador and Head of Delegation, The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Chisinau

 Prior to taking up duty in Chisinau, in September 2013, Ambassador Tapiola worked as Senior Adviser on Eastern Europe in the Strategic Planning Division of the European External Action Service (EEAS). From 2004 to 2009, he was Senior Adviser for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in the Policy Unit of the then EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Dr Javier Solana. Ambassador Tapiola's background is as a career member of the Finnish Diplomatic Service. His past assignments have included Deputy Head of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Latvia, Deputy Head of Mission of the Finnish Embassy to Thailand (also accredited to Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos), and Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Finland in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ambassador Tapiola holds a Masters Degree in Political Science/International Relations from the University of Helsinki.

Seminar Week

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Kategorie: all Culture Plenary Social

13.08.2014

15:00 - 15:15 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2014 Plenary
15:15 - 15:30 Opening Concert, Part 1: sAmo for Flute, Violoncello and Accordion Culture
15:30 - 16:30 Opening Speeches Plenary
17:00 - 17:30 Opening Concert, Part 2: Blink, Think & Listen Culture
17:30 - 19:00 Presentation of the Seminars Plenary
19:00 - 20:00 Bread and Wine Social

14.08.-19.08.2014

07 Ethical Implications of Religious Worldviews Seminar
05 Creativity and Innovation for Growth Seminar
08 Art and Protest Seminar
03 An Energy Transition for the Future Seminar
01 Sustainable Peace and Security – Who Cares? Seminar
02 The Politics of Emotions: Diagnosis and Historical Transformations Seminar
06 1814 – 1914 – 1989: Paradigm Shifts in Public International Law and Politics Seminar
04 The Human Microbiome Seminar
13 Macroeconomics – The Return of Ideologies Seminar
14 Human – Machine – Robotics Seminar
11 Feeding the World Seminar
15 The Aftermath of 1914-1918: Images of the Great War Seminar
09 Europe and Its Neighbours – EU External Relations at the Crossroads? Seminar
10 Collective Memory – Present Focus on the Past Seminar
16 The Key to Good Governance Seminar
12 Decisions Under Uncertainty Seminar
17 Media from a Theoretical Perspective Seminar

14.08.2014

16:00 - 17:00 Vernissage: Let the Children Play. On the 25th Anniversary of the UN-Declaration of the Rights of the Child Culture

15.08.2014

17:00 - 18:30 Literature Talk: Wars and Civil Wars in the Mirror of Current World Literature Culture

16.08.2014

16:00 - 17:30 Courage. In Memoriam Fritz Molden Culture

18.08.2014

17:30 - 18:30 Theatre Performance: Free Association Culture

19.08.2014

17:00 - 20:00 Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDU Plenary