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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 Introduction
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 Chair

Lamberto ZANNIER

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

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

Dr. Pal DUNAY

Director, OSCE Academy in Central Asia, Bishkek

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

Thomas GREMINGER

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

1991-1992 Attaché, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs - Policy and Research Division
1992-1994 Diplomatic Adviser for Development Policy, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) - Development Policy and Research Division
1994-1996 Deputy Head, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) - Development Policy and Research Division
1996-1998 Head, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)- Development Policy and Research Division
1999-2001 Chargé d'Affaires, Swiss Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique
1999-2001 Country Director, Switzerland's Development Cooperation Programme in Mozambique
2002-2004 Deputy Head, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs - Political Affairs Division IV, Human Security
2004-2010 Head, Ambassador, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs - Political Affairs Division IV, Human Security
2010-2015 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
2015-2017 Deputy Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
since 2017 Secretary General, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Dr. Christian NÜNLIST

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

2007-2013 Foreign Desk Editor, Aargauer Zeitung/Die Nordwestschweiz, Baden/Aarau
since 2013 Senior Researcher and Team Head "Swiss and Euro-Atlantic Security", Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich

David SVARIN

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

2009-2010 MA International Relations, King's College London
2011-2012 Programme Coordinator, International Security Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
since 2012 PhD Student, Department of War Studies, King's College London
since 2014 Fellow (project coordinator), foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy, Zürich

Political Symposium

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24.08.2014

09:00 - 10:30Not Just an IslandCulture
12:00 - 13:30OpeningPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The EU and Its Neighbours: Opportunities and Challenges for the Eastern PartnershipPlenary
16:00 - 17:30The European Union in Search of a New NarrativePlenary
17:30 - 18:00Curator’s Talk: Art in the Margin of War – War in the Margin of ArtCulture
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 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Citizens’ Trust vs Distrust: Scenarios for the Future of DemocracyBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Social Cohesion in a Wider EuropeBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: The EU and Turkey: Energising CooperationBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: The European Union and Its NeighboursBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Never Mind the Gap – Overcoming the East-West Divide in the OSCEBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: International Disaster Preparedness and Response to Emergency and CrisisBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 16: A Young Look at EuropeBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 17: Success! The Do’s and Don’ts of Contemporary AdvocacyBreakout
10:00 - 11:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Europe’s Next Generation in the Elections and BeyondBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Brain Drain – Brain Gain: The Economic Potential of Migration in Modern Europe and in the PastBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: Beyond European CommunicationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: Digital Europe – Between Security and CooperationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 11: Europe’s Periphery at the Crossroads – Consequences for the Common Security and Defence PolicyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 12: EU Enlargement Between Boldness and FatigueBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 13: Climate and Energy – Key Questions for the FutureBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 14: Future Energy Needs vs. Non-Proliferation PoliciesBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 15: The EU and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Balancing Growth, Inclusiveness and Sustainability?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00From Reconciliation to Integration: What the Young Can Contribute to a Common FuturePlenary
16:30 - 18:00Post-Conflict Countries in Transition: Reforming the Security SectorPlenary
18:30 - 20:00Bringing Ideas to Power: Towards a Democratic Consensus of Tomorrow?Plenary
20:00 - 21:30Integrated in Austria, Successful in the World – How Austrian Success Stories Are WrittenPartner

26.08.2014

07:00 - 07:10Inequality and Sustainable Global Governance: IntroductionPlenary
07:10 - 08:30Generational InequalityPlenary
09:00 - 10:15Inequality in Energy and ClimatePlenary
10:15 - 10:30Closing RemarksPlenary