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

Plenary / The EU and its Partners
German and English language

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 the next step in ‘Permanent Structured Cooperation’ (PESCO)? What role will NATO play and how will European defence look after Brexit?

Director for Security Policy, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports, Vienna
Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
Former General, Israeli Air Force; Executive Director, INSS - Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv
Journalist and Presenter, HARDtalk, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London Chair

Mag. Dr. MAS Johann FRANK

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

Matura am Militärrealgymnasium in Wiener Neustadt. Präsenzdienst als Einjährig Freiwilliger. Absolvierung der Theresianischen Militärakademie in Wiener Neustadt. Ausmusterung an die ABC-Abwehrschule in Wien. Kompanie-Kommandant. Naturwissenschaftlich-technische Postgraduate-Ausbildung im Bereich Katastrophenmanagement und Umweltschutz am Österreichischen Forschungszentrum Seibersdorf. Stellvertretender Leiter der Grundlagenabteilung und Lehroffizier. Referent am Institut für internationale Friedenssicherung / Landesverteidigungsakademie. Doktoratsstudium der Philosophie / Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät; Dissertationsgebiet: Politikwissenschaft. Leiter der Abteilung "Sicherheitspolitische Analyse und Beratung" im Büro für Sicherheitspolitik / Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung. mit der Führung des Büros für Sicherheitspolitik beauftragt, seit 1.12.2008 als Leiter des Büros für Sicherheitspolitik bestellt.
 Studium der Politikwissenschaft und Geschichte an der Universität Wien.
 Diplomarbeit: "Lassen sich militärische Interventionen ethisch legitimieren. - Ethische Aspekte militärischer Interventionen".
seit 2008
 Universitätslektor am Institut für Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Unternehmensgeschichte der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz.

Array 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.

Array Amos YADLIN

Former General, Israeli Air Force; Executive Director, INSS - Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv

Enlisted in the Israel Air Force as a fighter pilot, flying more than 250 combat missions behind enemy lines, commanding two fighter squadrons and two airbases. Participated in the Yom Kippur War Participated in Operation Tamuz - the destruction of the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq Executive Director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv, Israel Promoted to the rank of Major General and named Commander of the IDF Military Colleges and the National Defense College Served as IDF Attache to the United States
since 2001

Array Stephen SACKUR

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

Bachelor, Emmanuel College, Cambridge Trainee, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London Foreign Affairs Correspondent, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London Correspondent in the Middle East, BBC, Cairo Correspondent in the Middle East, BBC, Jerusalem Correspondent in Washington, BBC, Washington Europe Correspondent, BBC, Brussels Host, HARDtalk, BBC World News, London
  John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
since 2004

Political and Legal Symposium

show timetable


17:00 - 18:30Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary


09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawPartner
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
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 IncomeBreakout
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: to be announcedBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019 Ein Weckruf für Europa!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: How Can Africa and Europe Work Together?Plenary
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
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary


Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner


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: to be announcedBreakout
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
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 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Civil Society in Times of UpheavalPartner
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
18:00 - 19:00How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial


09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary