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12: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?

Breakout / Global power
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The State of Israel celebrates 70 years of existence this year. On this occasion, we enter into dialogue with two personalities who could not appear to be more different at first: a human rights lawyer and a former major general of the Israeli army. We ask the controversial question: can democracy based on the rule of law be guaranteed, as long as peace with Palestine does not exist?


President & Chair of the Board, NIF - New Israel Fund, Jerusalem
Major General (res.); Vice President of Strategy and Research & Development, IAI - Israel Aerospace Industries, Tel Aviv
Deputy Editor, Foreign Policy, Washington, D.C. Chair


Deputy Editor, Foreign Policy, Washington, D.C.

 Sarah Wildman is a deputy editor at Foreign Policy and author of Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind. She received the 2010 German Marshall Fund’s Peter R. Weitz Prize for European coverage. Long a regular contributor to the New York Times, Slate, and the New Yorker online, she served as global identities writer at Vox. Wildman has been a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fellow (Jerusalem & Paris); Arthur F. Burns fellow in Berlin; Milena Jesenska Fellow in Vienna; and Pew Fellow in International Journalism in Paris. A former New Republic staffer, Wildman also worked for the Advocate magazine. She was the Barach nonfiction fellow at Wesleyan University (2014) and a Dart Center fellow at Columbia School of Journalism (2015).

Political Symposium

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13:30 - 16:30My Europe: How to tell the storyPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial


08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Alpbach Hike: MindfulnessPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Development dialogues: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 10: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
14:30 - 15:45Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
16:15 - 17:30Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:00 - 19:00The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial


08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: Defending democracy in the digital ageBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 15: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 17: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 19: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do? (Что делать?)Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council presidencyPlenary


09:00 - 10:30The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Global transformations towards a sustainable futurePlenary