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05: Never Mind the Gap – Overcoming the East-West Divide in the OSCE

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Democracy & Governance
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The OSCE is the only common security framework comprising all of Europe – East and West. In the 21st century, the relevance of the OSCE has sharply declined, while the conflicts remain unresolved. In particular, Europe’s protracted disputes (Georgia, Moldova, Kosovo) constitute serious obstacles to peace and prosperity on the continent. In addition, the gap between a resurgent Russia and the West has widened in recent years. Has the OSCE become irrelevant or can it again become an important player in Europe’s security architecture, bridging gaps and resolving conflicts between East and West?

Secretary General, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Vienna
Director, OSCE Academy in Central Asia, Bishkek
Secretary General, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Vienna
Senior Researcher, CSS - Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich
Fellow, foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy, Bern; PhD Student, King's College London

Array Lamberto ZANNIER

Secretary General, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Vienna

Head of Disarmament, Arms Control and Cooperative Security, NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization Chairperson of the Negotiations on the Adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Permanent Representative of Italy to the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Hague Director, Conflict Prevention Centre, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe UN Special Representative for Kosovo and Head, UNMIK - United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
1991-1997
1997-2000
2000-2002
2002-2006
2008-2011

Dr. Pal DUNAY

Director, OSCE Academy in Central Asia, Bishkek

Teacher, International Law, Lorand Eötvös University in Budapest Legal Advisor, the Hungarian Delegation that negotiated the CFE Treaty Legal Advisor, the Hungarian Delegation that negotiated the Open Skies Treaty Course Director, ITC - International Training Course in Security Policy Senior Researcher, SIPRI - Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Course Director, ITC - International Training Course in Security Policy Director, Hungarian Institute of International Affairs; Member, Advisory board on foreign and security policy of the Prime Minister of Hungary Course director, ITC - International Training Course in Security Policy
1982-1997
1989-1990
1991-1992
1996-2004
2004-2007
2005-2006
2007
2007-2014

Array Thomas GREMINGER

Secretary General, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Vienna

Attaché, Swiss Embassy in Tel Aviv Attaché, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs - Policy and Research Division Diplomatic Adviser for Development Policy, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) - Development Policy and Research Division Deputy Head, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) - Development Policy and Research Division Head, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)- Development Policy and Research Division Chargé d'Affaires, Swiss Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique Country Director, Switzerland's Development Cooperation Programme in Mozambique Deputy Head, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs - Political Affairs Division IV, Human Security Head, Ambassador, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs - Political Affairs Division IV, Human Security Ambassador, Chairperson of the OSCE Permanent Council (during the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship in 2014), Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN, the OSCE and the International Organizations in Vienna Deputy Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
1990-1991
1991-1992
1992-1994
1994-1996
1996-1998
1999-2001
1999-2001
2002-2004
2004-2010
2010-2015
2015-2017

Dr. Christian NÜNLIST

Senior Researcher, CSS - Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich

Researcher, Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich Foreign Desk Editor, Aargauer Zeitung/Die Nordwestschweiz, Baden/Aarau
1999-2007
2007-2013

David SVARIN

Fellow, foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy, Bern; PhD Student, King's College London

BA Political Science, University of Geneva MA International Relations, King's College London Programme Coordinator, International Security Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy PhD Student, Department of War Studies, King's College London
2005-2008
2009-2010
2011-2012
since 2012

Political Symposium

show timetable

24.08.2014

09:00 - 10:30 Not Just an Island Culture
12:00 - 13:30 Opening Plenary
14:00 - 15:30 The EU and Its Neighbours: Opportunities and Challenges for the Eastern Partnership Plenary
16:00 - 17:30 The European Union in Search of a New Narrative Plenary
17:30 - 18:00 Curator’s Talk: Art in the Margin of War – War in the Margin of Art Culture
19:00 - 20:30 “Kakanien – New Homelands” Goes Alpbach: And Nobody’s There to Understand the Language You’re Screaming In… Culture

25.08.2014

07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 05: Never Mind the Gap – Overcoming the East-West Divide in the OSCE Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 06: International Disaster Preparedness and Response to Emergency and Crisis Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 04: The European Union and Its Neighbours Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 02: Social Cohesion in a Wider Europe Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 01: Citizens’ Trust vs Distrust: Scenarios for the Future of Democracy Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 03: The EU and Turkey: Energising Cooperation Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 16: A Young Look at Europe Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 17: Success! The Do’s and Don’ts of Contemporary Advocacy Breakout
10:00 - 11:00 Lunch Reception Social
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 10: Digital Europe – Between Security and Cooperation Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 07: Europe’s Next Generation in the Elections and Beyond Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 11: Europe’s Periphery at the Crossroads – Consequences for the Common Security and Defence Policy Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 14: Future Energy Needs vs. Non-Proliferation Policies Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 12: EU Enlargement Between Boldness and Fatigue Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 09: Beyond European Communication Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 15: The EU and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Balancing Growth, Inclusiveness and Sustainability? Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 13: Climate and Energy – Key Questions for the Future Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 08: Brain Drain – Brain Gain: The Economic Potential of Migration in Modern Europe and in the Past Breakout
14:30 - 16:00 From Reconciliation to Integration: What the Young Can Contribute to a Common Future Plenary
16:30 - 18:00 Post-Conflict Countries in Transition: Reforming the Security Sector Plenary
18:30 - 20:00 Bringing Ideas to Power: Towards a Democratic Consensus of Tomorrow? Plenary
20:00 - 21:30 Integrated in Austria, Successful in the World – How Austrian Success Stories Are Written Partner

26.08.2014

07:00 - 07:10 Inequality and Sustainable Global Governance: Introduction Plenary
07:10 - 08:30 Generational Inequality Plenary
09:00 - 10:15 Inequality in Energy and Climate Plenary
10:15 - 10:30 Closing Remarks Plenary