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17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Democracy & Governance
in englischer Sprache

Are the current democratic developments in Central and Eastern Europe (not only in Poland, Serbia, Hungary but also in Macedonia and Russia) a necessary phase through which a young democracy has to pass to reach a “mature” and stable stage? Or do they represent something of a leap over several developmental stages, and thus indicating developments that the so-called “old” democracies may now have to face?

Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Krems
Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
Intern-collaborator, South East European University - Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications, Skopje
Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna Chair

Dr. Ulrike GUEROT

Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Krems

 Since 2016 Ulrike Guérot is Professor at Danube-University Krems and head of the department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy. Core activities of the department are both interdisciplinary research and network building. The main goal is to initiate a citizen-oriented and sustainable debate on key issues surrounding today’s Europe. Since September 2017 Ulrike Guérot is holder of Alfred-Grosser visiting professorship at the Goethe-University Frankfurt. Furthermore, she founded the Berlin based think tank "European Democracy Lab. The lab seeks to rethink and redesign European democracy. Currently, the lab is building a campaign platform advocating for both the principle of political equality beyond nation states and the empowerment of regional stakeholders within the EU-setup.
 Prior to her work in Krems and Berlin, Ulrike Guérot built up the office and served as Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations and lectured at various internationally renowned universities, such as Bucerius Law School Hamburg, John Hopkins University, INSEAD Singapore and Europa University Viadrina in Frankfurt. In addition she conducted research at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) on the topics of democracy and democratization. In April 2016 her first book 'Why Europe needs to become a republic! A political utopia' was published by Dietz. The principal idea of the book is the creation of a ‘European Republic’ based on the concept of equality in front of the law in a union of citizens. Her latest work 'The new civil war - the open Europe and its enemies', published by Ullstein is a bestseller in Germany. In this cutting edge pamphlet she describes the great divide throughout the European societies. She has been publishing widely in Germany, English and French on European, transatlantic and global issues in various newspapers, journals and books. In times of turmoil and crisis, Ulrike Guérot aims at creating a sustainable blueprint for Europe in the 21st century, which puts the citizen first.

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. Saso ORDANOSKI

Intern-collaborator, South East European University - Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications, Skopje

1984 Free-lance journalist
1987-1989 Free-lance journalist
1985-1986 Journalist, weekly magazine "Mlad borec"
1989-1990 Deputy Editor-in-Chief, weekly magazine "Mlad borec"
1991-1992 Founder & Assistant Editor-in-Chief at the weekly newsmagazine "Puls"
1992-1994 Founder & CEO of the Macedonial Information Center (MIC)
1994-1996 CEO & Editor-in-Chief of the Macedonian National Television (MKTV)
1996 Unit Manager (MK team) of "The Peacemaker", the first feature produced by Production Company Dreamworks SKG
1996-1997 External Affairs, The World Bank Resident Mission, Skopje
1997 Co-founder, Forum Group; Editor-in-Chief, FORUM Magazine
Co-founder, NGO Forum - Center for Strategic Research & Documentation; Editor-in-Chief; ist Review "Forum Analytics"
since 2001 Macedonian Project Editor, Institute for War & Peace Reporting, London
2011-2014 Director for Media and Public Affairs at VEVE Group, Skopje
2015 Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna
since 2015 Program Manager at Forum´s Center for Strategic Research and Documentation

M.Sc. Franz Karl PRÜLLER

Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna

1986-1988 BA International Studies, Webster University, St Louis, MO
1988-1996 Emergency Aid Coordinator, Caritas Austria, Vienna
1996-2005 Secretary General, International Programmes and Project Department, Caritas Austria, Vienna
2005-2012 Director, Social Development Programmes, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna
2008 M.Sc. Development Management, Open University, England
2012-2016 Member of the Board, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna
since 2016 Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna

Political Symposium

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26.08.2017

12:00 - 16:00Professional Programme “Our World’s Future”Partner
13:00 - 16:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
13:00 - 16:00Generational perspectives on security policyPartner

27.08.2017

07:00 - 10:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
07:00 - 10:00Devil’s diplomacyPartner
08:00 - 10:00The 2016 US election behind the scenesPlenary
08:00 - 09:30Fireside Talk with Ruth Dreifuss: women and powerPartner
12:00 - 14:30Opening: values and visions of a united EuropePlenary
15:00 - 16:30Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international systemPlenary
17:00 - 18:30The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring?Plenary

28.08.2017

06:30 - 07:30Breakfast Club 03: POLITICO morning briefingPlenary
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future?Breakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovationBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migrationBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challengesBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesionBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populismBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in EuropeBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risksBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertaintyBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside outBreakout
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Talia SassonPartner
10:30 - 12:00Lunch receptionBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 12: Digital Security: Social MediaBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in AustriaBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth?Breakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe’s next narrativeBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 16: The Dublin dilemma and the way outBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?Breakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practiceBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policiesBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territoryBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 21: Democracy reloaded: what can we learn from bottom-up democratic innovations?Breakout
15:30 - 17:00Security and liberty in the digital futurePlenary
17:30 - 19:00Green Innovation: urgent & important at oncePlenary

29.08.2017

07:00 - 10:30Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviourPlenary