The war in Ukraine has caused many European countries to fundamentally rethink their security and defence policies. Finland and Sweden have decided to abandon their decades-long policy of non-alignment and to join NATO. Germany has announced a “Zeitenwende”, a historic turning point, for German defence policy and a special fund of 100 billion euros for the German Armed Forces. Austria has also decided to increase defence spending and to develop a new security strategy. What should the cornerstones of this new strategy look like and how should Austria adjust its security policy in light of the changed geopolitical framework? To kick-off the debate, the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) will present the findings of their new study on Austrian security policy.
Session objective: Imagining new possibilities – Get inspired and foster new ideas by imagining bold solutions to complex challenges and imagine disruptively new ways of thinking.
//INFO: Circular hiking trail Alpbacher Heimatweg.
Bring hiking shoes and water. In case of heavy rain, the session is going to take place in the gym of the Mittelschule Alpbach.