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’Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European Union

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / The EU and its Partners
in englischer Sprache

As a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the EU favours ‘soft power’. But this is no longer enough to defend the Union. So is a European military and full strategic autonomy the next step for the future of European defence? What role will NATO play and how will European defence look after Brexit?

Director for Security Policy, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna
Principal Advisor and Head, Foreign Policy Team, EPSC - European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission, Brussels
Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
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
Journalist and Presenter, HARDtalk, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London Chair

Mag. Dr. MAS Johann FRANK

Director for Security Policy, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna

1989-1992 Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria
1992-1997 Company Commander and Instructor, NBC- Defense School, Vienna
1996-1997 Postgraduate, Disaster Management, Austrian Research Center,Seibersdorf
1993-1999 Magister Philosophiae in Political Science and Philosophy, University of Vienna
1998-1999 Deputy Head of Division at NBC Defense School, Vienna
1999 Desk Officer Arms Control, Military Policy Division, Vienna
1999-2001 Researcher, Institute for International Peace Support , National Defence Academy, Vienna
2002-2007 Head of Division for Security Political Analysis, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna
2007 Department for Security Policy, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna
2007-2008 Postgraduate: Master of Advanced Studies "Security Policy and Crisis Management" ETH Zurich (Zurich, Washington, London)
2008-2014 Head of Office for Security Policy, Vienna
2013-2014 Member, Cabinet of the Minister, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna
since 2014 Defence Policy Director, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna

Sylvia HARTLEIF

Principal Advisor and Head, Foreign Policy Team, EPSC - European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission, Brussels

 Sylvia Hartleif is Principal Advisor and leader of the foreign policy team at the European Political Strategy Centre, the European Commission's in-house think tank. The EPSC provides strategic analysis and policy advice to the President and the College of the Commission.
 Prior to joining the EPSC, she was for nine years senior advisor to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag and secretary of the Sub-Committee on Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. From 2001 to 2003 she served as deputy secretary to the EU Affairs Committee and legal advisor to the Bundestag's delegation in the Convention on the Future of Europe on which she has published articles and co-authored two books. A graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School, USA, and the Law School of Passau University, Germany, her earlier professional commitments also include the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO and the World Bank.

Ivan KRASTEV

Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

 Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. In 2018-2019 Ivan is appointed as the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress. His latest books in English are 'After Europe' (UPenn Press, May 2017) 'Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest' (UPenn Press, May 2014); 'In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?' (TED Books, 2013). He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book 'The Light that Failed' (with Penguin) on perils of the politics of imitation.

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.

Stephen SACKUR

Journalist and Presenter, HARDtalk, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London

  John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1986-1990 Trainee, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London
1990-1992 Foreign Affairs Correspondent, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London
1992-1995 Correspondent in the Middle East, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, Cairo
1995-1997 Correspondent in the Middle East, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, Jerusalem
1997-2002 Correspondent in Washington, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, Washington
2002-2004 Europe Correspondent, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, Brussels
since 2004 Host, HARDtalk, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation World News, London
since 2017 Honorary Doctor, International Relations, Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Geneva

Political and Legal Symposia

show timetable

24.08.2019

17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:15 - 20:15Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:00 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

25.08.2019

08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO 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