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06: Lost in Translation? The EU’s Struggle to Speak with One Voice on Foreign Policy

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Iginio-Rogger-Saal
Breakout / The EU and its Partners
in englischer Sprache

EU member states are increasingly required to respond rapidly to crises but regularly fail to take a joint stance. The recent EU parliamentary elections and imminent changes in the EU’s political landscape have stimulated a broader debate on joint foreign policy decision-making. To what extent could the EU and its member states use the current momentum to advance joint policy-making in foreign affairs?

Head of Policy Planning, Office of the Secretary General, NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Brussels
Senior Adviser, Strategic Planning Division, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels; Adjunct Professor, Vesalius College, Free University Brussels
Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Latvia
Member, Defence Committee, Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany, Berlin
Dean, School of Global and Public Affairs, Rafael del Pino Professor of Practice of Global Transformation, IE University, Madrid; Senior Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA Chair

Benedetta BERTI

Head of Policy Planning, Office of the Secretary General, NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Brussels

 An Eisenhower Global Fellow and a TED Senior Fellow, Benedetta has held positions at Harvard University, West Point, the Institute for National Security Studies and the Foreign Policy Research Institute, among others. Since 2018, Benedetta serves as Head of Policy Planning in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO.
 In the past decade, Benedetta has worked in NGOs and research institutes in Latin America, the Middle East, and the US, focusing on human rights, internal conflict, and political violence. Her areas of expertise include human security, internal conflict, integration of armed groups, post-conflict stabilization and peace-building, as well as violence prevention and reduction and crisis management and prevention.
 Benedetta is a frequent news commentator on international security, foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Her comments and interviews have been featured in a number of prominent news outlets, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg, Reuters and al-Jazeera. She is also a frequent guest lecturer and public speaker.
 Her work and research have been awarded numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including the World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship, the Horowitz Foundation Grant, the Lady Davis Fellowship, the Bradley Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the Morris Abrams Award in International Relations, the Rosenthal Fellowship and the International Center for Non-Violent Conflict Curriculum Fellowship.
 Benedetta holds a BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Bologna, an MA and PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School (Tufts University), and two post-doctorates in International Relations and Political Science.

Dr. Julia DE CLERCK-SACHSSE

Senior Adviser, Strategic Planning Division, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels; Adjunct Professor, Vesalius College, Free University Brussels

1998-2001 BA, European History, King's College London
2002-2004 M.Phil, International Relations, St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford
2001-2002 Researcher for MEP Graham Watson, European Parliament, Brussels
2002-2004 M.Phil, International Relations, St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford
Researcher for Prof. Timothy Garton Ash, University of Oxford
2005-2009 Research fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels
since 2009 Lecturer on EU Policy Making at Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Sciences Po, Paris
2010-2012 Policy Coordinator, Europe Department, German Federal Foreign Office
2012-2015 Speechwriter to the High Representative, European External Action Service, Brussels
since 2015 Senior Adviser, Transatlantic Affairs and Strategic Foresight, European External Action Service, Brussels

Dr. Zanda KALNINA-LUKASEVICA

Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Latvia

 Dr. Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica serves as a Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia since 2014. She represents the government of Latvia at the EU Foreign Affairs Council meetings of Development Ministers and EU Foreign Affairs Council meetings of Trade Ministers. Parliamentary Secretary ensures communication of the Ministry with the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) and the European Parliament. During Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (2015) Dr. Kalnina-Lukasevica was the representative of the Council at the European Parliament plenary sessions.
 From 2011 to 2014 she served as a chairperson of the European Affairs Committee of the parliament of Latvia and a chairperson of the Innovation and Research Subcommittee, while serving also as a member of the Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee of the parliament of Latvia. Between 2008 and 2011 Dr. Kalnina-Lukasevica was appointed to the Strategic Analysis Commission of the President of Latvia and served as Adviser on Strategic Planning and Analysis to the President of Latvia.

Siemtje MÖLLER

Member, Defence Committee, Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany, Berlin

 Siemtje Möller has been a member of the German Bundestag since September 2017. She is also a member of the Defence Committee, a member of the Committee on Petitions and a deputy member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Manuel MUNIZ

Dean, School of Global and Public Affairs, Rafael del Pino Professor of Practice of Global Transformation, IE University, Madrid; Senior Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

 Manuel Muniz is the Dean of the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University and Rafael del Pino Professor of Practice of Global Transformation. He is also the Founding Director of IE’s Center for the Governance of Change, an institution dedicated to studying the challenges posed by accelerated societal and technological transformation to the public and private sectors. Dr. Muniz’s
 research interests fall within the fields of innovation and disruption, political economy, and regional and global governance.
 From 2015 to 2017 Dr. Muniz was the Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Since 2017 he has been a Senior Associate at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as well as one of the promoters of its Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship.
 Throughout his career Dr. Muniz has provided policy advice to governments and international organizations including the United Nations, the G20, the EU Commission and the Spanish National Security Council. He has also published opinion pieces or been interviewed for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post or Project Syndicate.
 Dr. Muniz holds a JD (Law) from the Complutense University in Madrid, an MSc in Financial Markets from the IEB, a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, and a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford. He is a recipient of a number of awards and recognitions including the Trilateral Commission’s David Rockefeller Fellowship and the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Fellowship.
  In 2016 he was appointed by Esglobal as one of the 25 intellectuals having the greatest impact on our thinking about Iberoamerica.

Political and Legal Symposia

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24.08.2019

17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:45 - 20:45Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:30 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

25.08.2019

08:00 - 09:00ABGESAGT POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawBreakout
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global MindsetBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic Income in FinlandBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Demography and DemocracyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Digital Diplomacy vs Digital ColonialismBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: How We Benefit from Empowering the Young in PoliticsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Lost in Translation? The EU’s Struggle to Speak with One Voice on Foreign PolicyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Democracy BootcampBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Partner
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019: Wake-up Call for Europe!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: Africa on the MovePlenary
16:00 - 17:30Ideology in the Courtroom: How Impartial Are Judges?Plenary
17:30 - 18:30What Can Be Done against the Climate Crisis?Plenary
18:00 - 19:30How Free Is the Press Across the EU?Plenary
19:00 - 20:00What Does the World Think? A Conversation on Fundamental Philosophical QuestionsPlenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary

26.08.2019

08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Emissions Trading: an Effective Way to Reduce EmissionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: When Machines Judge PeopleBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct InvestmentsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 11: International Arms Trade Regulations: A Call for ActionBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 12: Does More Digital Freedom Automatically Mean Less Legal Security?Breakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 13: New Wars – New EpidemicsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights InstitutionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public OrderBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Pathway to Sustainable Business TransformationBreakout
14:00 - 15:30‘Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European UnionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?Plenary
14:00 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
16:30 - 17:45Liberty and Security in the Context of International RelationsPlenary
18:15 - 19:15How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:30 - 22:00Speakers’ NightPlenary

27.08.2019

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Tackling Complexity: Insights from the Alpbach Learning MissionsPlenary