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Professional Programme on Strategies of Influence

Partner / Democracy & Governance
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”Strategies of Influence” is an interactive leadership seminar part and of the Alpbach Campus programme. It is subject to a separate registration process. More information:

Ambassador (ret.); Professor, ESCP Europe, Paris; former European, Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Paris/Berlin
Senior Advisor, IRIS - Institut de Relations Interntionales et Stratégiques, Paris; Adjunct Faculty, Collège Universitaire, Sciences Po, Paris

Prof. Joachim BITTERLICH

Ambassador (ret.); Professor, ESCP Europe, Paris; former European, Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Paris/Berlin

1973-1976 Juristischer Vorbereitungsdienst, zugleich wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Universität des Saarlandes, Zweite Juristische Staatsprüfung
1974-1975 Studium, ENA - Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Paris
1976 Eintritt in den deutschen diplomatischen Dienst (Attaché-Ausbildung, Nuklearpolitik, kürzere Verwendungen in Madrid und Cairo); Auslandsverwendungen in Algier und Brüssel (Ständige
  Vertretung bei den Europäischen Gemeinschaften)
1985-1987 Mitarbeiter im Ministerbüro des Auswärtigen Amtes unter Bundesminister Hans-Dietrich Genscher (Europapolitik, Wirtschaft, Kultur)
1987-1993 Leiter des Europareferates im Bundeskanzleramt; europapolitischer Berater von Bundeskanzler Dr. Helmut Kohl
1993-1998 Leiter der Abteilung Auswärtige Beziehungen, Entwicklungs¬politik, äußere Sicherheit im Bundeskanzleramt; Europa-, Außen- und sicherheitspolitischer Berater von Bundeskanzler Dr. Helmut
1998-1999 Botschafter, Ständiger Vertreter der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Nordatlantikrat in Brüssel
1999-2002 Botschafter der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Königreich Spanien und im Fürstentum Andorra
2003-2012 Executive Vice President International Affairs Veolia Environnement SA, Paris
2009-2012 zugleich Chairman Veolia Environnement Deutschland
seit 2013 unabhängiger Consultant; Aufsichts- und Beratungsmandate privater und öffentlicher Institutionen

Nicholas DUNGAN

Senior Advisor, IRIS - Institut de Relations Interntionales et Stratégiques, Paris; Adjunct Faculty, Collège Universitaire, Sciences Po, Paris

1973 Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
1978 Sciences Po, Paris
1978-1982 Assistant Vice President, Chemical Bank, New York
1982-1991 Director, Merrill Lynch, New York, London and Paris
1991-1996 Executive Director, Sanwa International, London
1996-2000 Senior Banker, Société Générale, Paris and New York
2000-2002 Managing Director, Jefferies & Company, London and New York
2002-2005 President, Dungan Associates LLC, London and New York
2005-2008 President, French-American Foundation, New York
2009-2010 Author, New York University Press, New York
since 2010 Senior Advisor, Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques, Paris
2011-2013 Private Advisor on Strategy / Influence / Competitiveness, New York
since 2011 Senior Fellow, Programme on Transatlantic Relations, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.
since 2014 Adjunct Faculty, Collège Universitaire, Sciences Po, Euro-American Campus, Reims

Political Symposium

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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


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


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


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