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Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University Abstract Key Note
The Transatlantic Relationship and the Second Obama Administration

The second Obama Administration not only remains committed to the transatlantic relationship but also sees partnership with Europe as the cornerstone of American power. The evidence can be found in the rhetoric of the first Obama Administration. The theoretical explanation comes from a sociological understanding of power. President Obama and his team do not look at power only as a function of control over resources. Rather they see it as a product of collective action and institution-building. This is the essence of what has come to be known as ‘leading from behind’. It is not a cynical ploy to displace the burdens of American leadership. Instead it is an attempt to achieve results together that the United States cannot achieve alone.
Associate Professor, Political Science Department and Director of Studies, CAPT - College of Alice and Peter Tan, NUS - National University of Singapore Key Note
Ralf Dahrendorf Fellow and Professor of European Politics, St Antony's College, University of Oxford Abstract Key Note
Today the greatest challenge seems to be the lack of any meaningful world order. We should and can succeed in preventing another global war or another economic meltdown. However, we should be under no illusion that we are able to secure a meaningful degree of global cooperation on crucial matters any time soon. In other words, we need to adjust to a world with little central authority, few rules, and competing visions of security and development.

There are three basic ways to secure order:
1/the balance of power;
2/hegemony and
3/multilateral cooperation.

None of these options seem credible at present.

Recommendations:
1/scale-down ambitions;
2/improve communication;
3/adopt a new paradigm of global governance.

Europe is still a pretty disorderly place. The good news is with regards to economics: the recession seems to be over, although we are still far away from any decent growth. The bad news is that the credit crunch has been transformed into a political crunch. Established political forces across the continent are running for their lives when faced with the new kids on the block on the left (Syrisa) or on the Right (Wilders Freedom Party). There is an on-going conflict between the “North Sea Alliance” and the “Club Med” or if you wish creditor and debtor countries.

The leadership as well as the vision that would be needed to get Europe out of the current mess is lacking. Short-term solutions are being launched in particular sectors, but they fail to form a coherent whole and stimulate the enthusiasm of either citizens or markets. Today the major dilemma is not whether we will have a federal or Westphalian Europe, but whether we will have more polyphony or cacophony in Europe.
President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair

Dr. Erik JONES

Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

1988 B.A. in Politics, Princeton University. Degree awarded summa cum laude.
1989-1991 Visiting Research Fellow, Center for the Study of International Relations and Strategy, Free University of Brussels
1990 M.A. in International Relations, SAIS - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Degree awarded with distinction.
1991-1995 Research Fellow, CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels
1994-1996 Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies, Central European University, Prague and Budapest
1996 Ph.D. in International Relations, SAIS - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. and Bologna
1996-1999 Lecturer in Political Science, University of Nottingham
1999-2002 Senior Lecturer in Political Science, University of Nottingham
2001-2004 Jean Monnet Chair, University of Nottingham
2002-2004 Reader in Political Science, University of Nottingham
2011 Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford

Ph.D. Reuben WONG

Associate Professor, Political Science Department and Director of Studies, CAPT - College of Alice and Peter Tan, NUS - National University of Singapore

1993-1994 Country Officer i/c ASEAN-US dialogue, ASEAN Free-Trade Area, Vietnam and Philippines, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
1995-1998 First Secretary and Deputy Chief of Mission (covering France, Switzerland, Spain, Israel), Embassy of the Republic of Singapore, Paris, France
 Awarded NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship to pursue Masters and PhD in European Politics/International Relations (on study leave Sep 1999-Dec 2003, Oxford & London)
1999 Senior Tutor, European Studies Programme (Political Science from July 2001)
2001 Political Science Department, NUS - National University of Singapore
2004 Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, NUS - National University of Singapore
2006-2010 Deputy Convenor, International Studies Programme, NUS - National University of Singapore
2008-2009 Assistant Head, Political Science Department, NUS - National University of Singapore
2012 Associate Professor, Political Science Department, NUS - National University of Singapore; Director of Studies NUS - National University of Singapore & CAPT - College of Alice and Peter Tan

Jan ZIELONKA

Ralf Dahrendorf Fellow and Professor of European Politics, St Antony's College, University of Oxford

 Jan Zielonka is Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford and Ralf Dahrendorf Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College. His previous appointments included posts at the University of Warsaw, Leiden and the European University Institute in Florence. His work oscillates between the field of international relations, comparative politics and political theory. Zielonka has produced seventeen books including Is the EU doomed? (2014), and Europe as Empire. The Nature of the Enlarged European Union, (2006). His new book - Counter-revolution. Liberal Europe in Retreat will soon be published by Oxford University Press. Zielonka frequently contributes articles for various European newspapers and online journals.

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1973-1979 Research Assistant, Institute for Agricultural Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna

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