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11: What Kind of Foreign Policy – Value-Based or Realpolitik?

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Although the pursuit of national interests has always been the bedrock from which foreign policy is formulated, most decisions and actions today are explained as being in line with higher principles and purposes. In an interdependent world in which interests and threats are no longer geographically contained, shared values and rules have gained considerable ground, and states have moderated their pursuit of self-interest, sometimes  as in the case of EU Member States – even accepting considerable limitations of their sovereignty.
The seminar will posit that foreign policy is mostly a hybrid construct in which value considerations coexist uncomfortably with the stark realities of an interest-driven Realpolitik. It will examine the origins, application and limitations of these notions and their relevance in current diplomatic challenges, such as Mali, the Middle East and nuclear security. Special attention will be devoted to the growing relevance of  the individual in international relations, both in connection with human rights and accountability, and to the trend towards multilateralisation of foreign policy, as exemplified by the UN and the EU s Common Foreign and Security Policy. An attempt will be made  with the active help of participants and special guests  to define and test a plausible blueprint for an appropriate foreign policy for our times.

Ambassador for the United Kingdom, Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Brussels
Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels
Austrian Ambassador, Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Brussels
Executive Director, Security Council Report, New York; Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Republic of Costa Rica

Julian BRAITHWAITE

Ambassador for the United Kingdom, Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Brussels

Desk Officer for European monetary issues, Bank of England, London Desk Officer for NATO-Bosnia issues, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London Special Adviser to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General, United Nations, Zagreb First Secretary Political, British Embassy Belgrade Deputy spokesman for foreign and European affairs and then speechwriter for the Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, London Special Adviser to the Supreme Allied Commander, NATO, Political Advisor and Director of Communications, Office of the High Representative and EU Special Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina Counselor for Global Issues, British Embassy Washington Director of Consular Services, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London Head of the Libya Communications Team, London
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Dr. Thomas MAYR-HARTING

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

Diploma, Law Studies in Vienna Postgraduate-Studies, College of Europe, Bruges Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague Joined the Austrian Diplomatic Service Austrian Mission to the European Communities, Brussels Austrian Embassy, Moscow Private Office of the Austrian Foreign Minister, Vienna Deputy Head of Cabinet of Foreign Ministers Mock and Schüssel, Vienna Deputy Political Director and Director for Security Policy and Policy Planning, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna Ambassador of Austria to Belgium and Head of the Austrian Mission to NATO, Brussels Special Representative of the Austrian Foreign Minister for the Western Balkans Representative of the Chancellor in the Reform Commission of the Federal Army, Vienna Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs) of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, New York Also represented Austria on the United Nations Security Council, New York Vice-President of the 66th General Assembly of the UN, New York Ambassador, (Head of the Delegation) of the European Union to the United Nations, New York
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 Lecturer, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna

Mag. Dr.iur. Alexander MARSCHIK

Austrian Ambassador, Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Brussels

Assistant Professor, Institute of International Law and International Relations, University of Vienna Lecturer of International Law at the University of Vienna Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs; EU-Department First Secretary at the Austrian Mission to the United Nations in Geneva Head of General-Affairs-Council Unit in the EU-Division, Austrian MFA Legal and Political Counsellor at the Austrian Mission to the United Nations in New York Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations Ambassador; Director for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs, Vienna
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DEA/MPP Bruno STAGNO UGARTE

Executive Director, Security Council Report, New York; Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Republic of Costa Rica

Universität Georgetown; Bachelor in Politikwissenschaften (Internationale Beziehungen) Universität Sorbonne; Master in Politikwissenschaften (Politische Soziologie) Generalkonsul und Stellvertreter, Botschaft von Costa Rica in Frankreich CRI-Vertreter, OECD Emerging Market Economy Forum, Frankreich CRI-Vertreter, OECD Multilateral Agreement on Investments, Frankreich CRI-Vertreter, Bureau International des Expositions, Frankreich Leiter Ministerbüro, Außenministerium Mitglied, Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistence, Schweden Master in Öffentlicher Politik, Universität Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School Professor, Universidad de Costa Rica, Schule der Politikwissenschaften stv. Stadtratsmitglied, Escazú Botschafter und Ständiger Vertreter bei der UNO Vizepräsident, Komitee für Kinderrechte, VN Vizepräsident, Konferenz über kleine Waffen und leichte Waffen, VN Vizepräsident, XI und XII Kommission für nachhaltige Entwicklung, VN Mitglied, Berater, Parlamentarians for Global Action, USA Co-President of the Article 14 Conference of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, Vienna and New York Präsident, Versammlung der Vertragsstaaten, Internationaler Strafgerichtshof
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Seminar Week

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12.08.2013

15:00 - 15:15 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2013 Plenary
15:15 - 15:30 Opening Concert Part I: Premiere of “The Light of Experience” Plenary
15:30 - 16:30 Opening Speeches Plenary
17:00 - 17:30 Opening Concert Part II Plenary
17:30 - 19:00 Presentation of the Seminars Plenary

13.08.-18.08.2013

Seminar 03: Democratic Interventionism or Responsibility to Protect? Seminar
Seminar 07: Between Faith and Atheism – Values and the Variety of Spiritual Experiences Seminar
Seminar 01: New Approaches to Security – Cooperation, Concentration and Integration Seminar
Seminar 08: The Evil in Art Seminar
Seminar 06: Exploring the Universe: Competition or Cooperation? Seminar
Seminar 05: Values in Science Seminar
Seminar 04: Motivation – A Biological and Social Base Seminar
Seminar 02: Open Data, Open Government, Open Society? Seminar
Seminar 11: What Kind of Foreign Policy – Value-Based or Realpolitik? Seminar
Seminar 12: Human Appropriation of Natural Resources  Challenges, Constraints and Ethical Aspects Seminar
Seminar 09: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Protecting and Developing an Open Society Seminar
Seminar 10: Power and Cyberspace Seminar
Seminar 16: Experiences in Migration and Integration: A Cultural Approach Seminar
Seminar 14: Roots of European Values Seminar
Seminar 15: Irrational Behaviour of Individuals: Implications for Economic Policy Seminar
Seminar 13: Synthetic Biology: Social and Ethical Implications Seminar

13.08.2013

18:00 - 20:00 International Evening Culture

14.08.-13.08.2013

BarCamp: Transformations Seminar

15.08.2013

16:00 - 17:30 Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its Values Culture