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Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and Asia

Plenary / Global power
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In terms of its expanding economic, military, development policy, and diplomatic interests, China’s hegemony is now reaching global dimensions. To what extent does this dynamic replace the standing and influence of the United States? What opportunities and risks arise henceforth for Europe and Asia and does the new Silk Road play a relevant role?


Director, Foreign Affairs Committee, NPC - National People's Congress, Beijing (tbc)
Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
TV host and journalist, Berlin Chair


Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna

1983-1987 Studium, Rechtswissenschaften und Arabistik an der Universität Wien
1988 Postgraduale Studien an der Hebräischen Universität von Jerusalem/Israel in internationalen Beziehungen und an der Universität Urbino/Italien in Europarecht
1989 Georgetown/USA Fellow am Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
1990-1998 Im diplomatischen Dienst der Republik Österreich, u.a. in der Politischen Sektion, Völkerrechtsbüro und im Kabinett des Bundesministers, auf Auslandsposten in Paris und Madrid
1991 Dissertation in Völkerrecht über den Grenzbegriff der Konfliktparteien im Nahen Osten
1992 Ecole Nationale d'Administration ENA Paris/Frankreich (Promotion Gambetta)
seit 1998 Freischaffend tätig, u.a. als unabhängige Korrespondentin und Lehrbeauftragte an der Universität Wien (1995-2004), der Diplomatischen Akademie Wien (2000-2007), als Research Faculty Member an der Webster Universität Wien, dem Centre International des Sciences de l'Homme Byblos/Libanon, Landesverteidigungsakademie u.a. in den Bereichen Völkerrecht, Geschichte des Nahen Ostens, Staatenimplosionen, Energiemarkt

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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