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11: European Security – Moving towards resilience?

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What does resilience mean, and how could an integration of diverse perspectives be helpful when facing modern security threats? Strategic autonomy is defined as a central goal in 2016’s EU Global Strategy (EU-GS), and many efforts and decisions were made in 2017 to foster European Defence Research, Defence Capabilities, and Defence Cooperation amongst member states. Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) is seen as a key to promoting and strengthening cooperation and effectiveness. NATO is still the key security actor regarding ‘old fashioned’ territorial defence? And, bearing in mind the current shift in US security policy, is NATO still the player it was during the Cold War?


Adviser, Strategic Planning Division, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels; Adjunct Professor, Vesalius College, Free University Brussels Chair
Director General, European Union Military Staff, Brussels Chair


Adviser, Strategic Planning Division, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels; Adjunct Professor, Vesalius College, Free University Brussels

1998-2001 BA in European History, King's College London
2002-2004 M.Phil in International Relations, St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford
2001-2002 Researcher for MEP Graham Watson
2002-2004 M.Phil in International Relations, St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford
2002-2004 Researcher for Prof. Timothy Garton Ash, Research on his book "Free Word" on the Transatlantic Relationship
2003 Stagiarie, UNESCO Paris
2004 Trainee, German Embassy, Washington D.C.
2004-2005 Stagiarie, European Commission, RELEX, Unit for Relations with US and Canada, C1
2005-2009 Ph.D. in International Relations, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford
2005-2009 Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels
since 2009 Lecturer on EU Policy Making at Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Sciences Po, Paris
since 2009 European Commission, DG Research, Science, economy and society - Foresight


Director General, European Union Military Staff, Brussels

1974 Theresianische Militärakademie, Wiener Neustadt
1977 Infantry Officer
1982-1985 General Staff Officers Course, Austrian Armed Forces
1985-1987 Defence Planner
1987-1988 École Supérieure de Guerre Interarmées and Cours Supérieur Interarmées
1989-1990 Defence Planner; Lecturer "Strategic Management Methods", Austrian Defence Academy; Chief of Staff, Territorial Command of Salzburg
1991 Military Advisor for Disarmament, Austrian Diplomatic Mission, Geneva
1992-1997 Defence Attaché (colonel) to France
1997-1998 Commander, Austrian Special Forces
1999-2005 Director for Military Policy
2001 Brigadier General
2006 Defence Policy Director, during the Austrian presidency of the EU-Council
2007 Military Representative, Brussels
2007 Major General
2009-2010 Dean, EUMC - European Union Military Committee
2012 Director General, EUMS - European Union Military Staff
2013 Lieutenant General

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 17:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
17:30 - 18:30Opening speechPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the seminarsPlenary


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: Imminent climate shocks - Resilience and diversity in climate changeSeminar
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: How resilient to disturbances are ecosystem services?Seminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: The unknown world of microbiomes: from the environment to the 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: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological controlSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: What can religions contribute to social justice?Seminar
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
Seminar 23: Warrior of the Heart - DojoSeminar
Seminar 24: European Neighbourhood Policy PhD Summer SchoolSeminar


19:00 - 20:00Global Muckraking: A guest lecture on investigative journalismPlenary


19:00 - 21:00ReceptionSocial