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01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic priority

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This seminar will address and analyse the European Union’s relations with its eastern and southern neighbours and discuss EU-neighbourhood dynamics since 2003/4. Taking into account that the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) – providing the framework in which relations take place – is considered to be the EU’s most important foreign policy approach, the seminar will be embedded in the EU Global Strategy’s (EUGS) objective to building societal and state resilience in the EU neighbourhood. Besides this focus on resilience, both the ENP and the EUGS emphasise flexibility, differentiated bilateralism, local ownership, comprehensiveness and principled pragmatism. The seminar offers a space that takes issue with these objectives and examines and discusses the extent to which they underpin and affect the practical implementation of the ENP and its overarching goal of creating an area of peace, prosperity and stability in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, the Maghreb and the Mashreq. With a view to contextualise the evolution of the focus on resilience in EU foreign policy, the seminar will also provide participants with a critical overview of the origins, structure and objectives of the three editions of the ENP (2003/4; 2011; 2015) and its sub-regional components, i.e. the Eastern Partnership (EaP) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). This is complemented by an analysis of some concrete empirical cases from the EU’s eastern and southern neighbourhood that will be linked with contemporary debates on the EU ‘s alleged normative power, its role as a (potential or self-proclaimed) conflict resolution actor, and the politics of Association Agreements.

Speakers

Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels
Chair, European Neighbourhood Policy, European Interdisciplinary Studies Department, College of Europe, Warsaw Chair
Former Executive Secretary-General, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels Chair

Dr. Thomas MAYR-HARTING

Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels

1977 Diploma, Law Studies in Vienna
1977-1978 Postgraduate-Studies, College of Europe, Bruges
1978 Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague
1979 Joined the Austrian Diplomatic Service
1982-1986 Austrian Mission to the European Communities, Brussels
1986-1990 Austrian Embassy, Moscow
1991-1993 Private Office of the Austrian Foreign Minister, Vienna
1993-1995 Deputy Head of Cabinet of Foreign Ministers Mock and Schüssel, Vienna
1995-1999 Deputy Political Director and Director for Security Policy and Policy Planning, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
1999-2003 Ambassador of Austria to Belgium and Head of the Austrian Mission to NATO, Brussels
2002-2004 Special Representative of the Austrian Foreign Minister for the Western Balkans
2003-2004 Representative of the Chancellor in the Reform Commission of the Federal Army, Vienna
2003-2008 Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs) of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
2008-2011 Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, New York
2009-2010 Also represented Austria on the United Nations Security Council, New York
2011 Vice-President of the 66th General Assembly of the UN, New York
2011-2015 Ambassador, (Head of the Delegation) of the European Union to the United Nations, New York
 Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin
 Lecturer, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna
since 2015 Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, European External Action Service, Brussels

Prof. Dr. Tobias SCHUMACHER

Chair, European Neighbourhood Policy, European Interdisciplinary Studies Department, College of Europe, Warsaw

2005-2009 Advisor, European Commission and EU member states' foreign ministries on security and democracy-related matters
2005-2009 Director of Research and Key Expert, Euro - Mediterranean Study Commission, Lisbon, Portugal & Brussels, Belgium
2009-2012 Senior Research Associate, Center for International Studies at the Lisbon University Institute
since 2012 Chairholder, European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, College of Europe, Natolin campus, Warsaw, Poland
since 2016 John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies

Pierre VIMONT

Former Executive Secretary-General, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels

 Education
 - Bachelor's degree in law
 - Graduate of the Institute of Political Studies, Paris
 - Graduate of the National School of Administration (ENA), 1977
 
 Career
1975-1977 National School of Administration (ENA)
1977-1981 Second, then first Secretary, at the Embassy of France in London
1981-1985 Spokesman at the Information and Press Office, French Foreign Ministry, Paris
1985-1986 Institute for East-West Security, New York
1986-1990 Second Counsellor, Permanent Representation of France to the European Communities, Brussels
1990-1993 Chief of Staff of the Minister Delegate for European affairs, French Foreign Ministry, Paris
1993-1996 Director for Scientific and Technical Cooperation, Department for Cultural, Scientific and Technical Relations, French Foreign Ministry, Paris
1996-1997 Deputy Director General for Cultural, Scientific and Technical Relations, French Foreign Ministry, Paris
1997-1999 Director for European Cooperation, Department of European and Economic Affairs, French Foreign Ministry, Paris
1999-2002 Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the European Union, Brussels
2002-2007 Chief of Staff of the Minister of Foreign affairs, French Foreign Ministry, Paris
2007-2010 Ambassador of France to the United States of America, Washington

Seminar Week

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15.08.2018

17:00 - 18:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
18:15 - 18:30The Last Days of Mankind - OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 21:00Presentation of the seminarsPlenary
21:00 - 22:30Bread and WineSocial

16.08.-21.08.2018

Seminar 01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: Physics meets economics - climate science and policySeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on societySeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: The unknown world of microbiomes: from the environment to humansSeminar
Seminar 11: European Security - Moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience to environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars - Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: Ethics in Action: Economics and Sustainable DevelopmentSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological controlSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: Warrior of the Heart - DojoSeminar
Seminar 20: Spoken word poetry: The power of languageSeminar
Seminar 21: Why is it called a play?Seminar
Seminar 22: European Citizenship - Attitudes and Skills for a Democratic Youth CultureSeminar

16.08.2018

19:00 - 20:00Online Disinformation: A guest lecture on journalismPlenary

21.08.2018

18:00 - 21:00FAN ReceptionSocial
19:00 - 21:00ReceptionSocial