Maria Kulikovska: Art in Ukraine – Challenges and Opportunities Following RAFT CRIMEA

Maria Kulikovska: Art in Ukraine – Challenges and Opportunities Following RAFT CRIMEA

by Maro Polykarpou

Maria Kulikovska is a Ukrainian artist, architect, actionist, and curator. She was born and raised in the city of Kerch in Crimea, a place whereby she cannot return after the Russian annexation of Crimea. She has been living in Kyiv since and has had various exhibitions in different European cities which convey her experiences after the 2014 Madiadan. After an insightful discussion with her at the International Institute for Peace in Vienna,  we learned why it is important for her to transcend art into the wider political field. 

Nur Rechtspopulismus oder mehr? KREISKY FORUM SPECIAL Zum 88. Geburtstag von Erwin Lanc

Nur Rechtspopulismus oder mehr? KREISKY FORUM SPECIAL Zum 88. Geburtstag von Erwin Lanc

von Lea Boraucke

Anlässlich seines 88. Geburtstages lud das Bruno Kreisky Forum für Internationalen Dialog in Kooperation mit dem International Institute for Peace (IIP) am 23. Mai 2018 zum Gespräch mit Bundesminister a.D. Erwin Lanc ein. Die Moderation des Gesprächs übernahm Sonja Kato-Mailath. Gertraud Auer Borea d’Olmo, Generalsekretärin des Bruno Kreisky Forums, betonte Lanc‘ herausragende politische Tätigkeit für Österreich, insbesondere aber auch für Wien. Stephanie Fenkart, Geschäftsführerin des IIP, hob sein Engagement als Präsident des International Institute for Peace hervor. In diesem Amt hatte sich Erwin Lanc vor allem für die internationale Friedensförderung und einen friedlichen Dialog zwischen Israelis und Palästinensern eingesetzt. Seit 2008 ist Lanc Ehrenpräsident des Instituts.

International Peace Studies Conference Vienna: Women and Peace

International Peace Studies Conference Vienna: Women and Peace

by Lea Boraucke

In the context of the International Peace Studies Conference organised by the Academic Council On The United Nations System (ACUNS) a workshop on Women and Peace took place at the IIP, where the participants had the opportunity to discuss the role of women in peace-building and peacekeeping processes. Stephanie Fenkart, director of the International Institute for Peace (IIP), opened the workshop with the questions: What can women contribute to peace-building processes and what obstacles do women continue to face? This implies the question about the dominant challenges and new opportunities for women nowadays.

Ukraine and the USA: What is at stake for Europe?

Ukraine and the USA: What is at stake for Europe?

by Maro Polykarpou

The war in Ukraine has been taking place since 2014 and has been the subject of interest for big powers such as Russia, USA, Europe and China, leading the country to lose its own independent interests. For this reason the International Institute for Peace (IIP), the Platform for Dialogue and Conflict Resolution in Ukraine and the US Embassy in Austria invited Nolan Peterson, who has been reporting on the war in Ukraine since the summer of 2014, as a Kyiv-based correspondent.

International Summer School Šipan

International Summer School Šipan

by Maro Polykarpou

The 17th International Summer School organised by the Atlantic Council of Croatia with the support of NATO PDD and the International Institute for Peace in Vienna was held in the island of Sipan between the 24th and 29th of June 2018. This year’s topic was ‘The role of NATO in the process of stabilisation of Western Balkan countries’ with a special focus on the process of accession of the candidate Western Balkan countries in the European Union and NATO.

A new approach for Western Balkans enlargement - Summer School in Sipan

A new approach for Western Balkans enlargement - Summer School in Sipan

by Hannes Swoboda

At the yearly summer seminar at the island of Sipan close to Dubrovnik I presented the following ideas for a stronger EU -Western Balkan relationship. The summer seminar which is organized by the Croatian Atlantic Council with the support of the Vienna International Institute for Peace is an excellent opportunity of students of the region to discuss hot issues of the Western Balkan region.

Heute im Konflikt und morgen Partner Europas?

Heute im Konflikt und morgen Partner Europas?

Bei der gemeinsamen Podiumsdiskussion “Heute im Konflikt und morgen Partner Europas?” diskutierten wir gemeinsam mit Shabka über das breite Thema “Zivilgesellschaft im Konflikt” in Tunesien, Syrien und in der kurdischen Region im Nordirak. Dem Ansatz polit- und demokratietheoretischer Forschung folgend, investiert die EU in die lokale  Zivilgesellschaft, zur Stabilisierung konfliktzerworfener Gesellschaften und zur Förderung der Demokratie in der MENA Region. Aber was können zivilgesellschaftliche Akteure wirklich bewirken? Welche Gruppen von Akteuren gilt es zu differenzieren? Und wie soll die EU-Strategie dazu in Zukunft aussehen?

Russia Before the Presidential Elections

Russia Before the Presidential Elections

Even tough the elections didn’t happen yet, it is clear who is going to be the future president. Putin won’t have much difficulties becoming the head of state, for the simple reason that there are no serious competitors to defeat. Therefore, it’s not right to speak about an election victory of Wladimir Putin on the18th of March, the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. Putin is no longer only admired for his personality, but ascended to a state symbol for Russia. A sacral embodiment of the Russian state. Voting for him is voting for Russia. Voting for the opposition would mean loosing this guarantee of the Russian state which Putin embodies. Throughout his presidential term he was able to convince the population of being the maintainer of the Russian state. The opposition is now trying to undermine this legitimacy. In this election Putin needs a high turnout. Moreover the relation between Russia und the West was another topic discussed by the panelists. But to understand the relationship between Russia and the EU, it is necessary to look back in time.

Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Due to the global ban treaty of nuclear weapons, the International Institute for Peace organized a panel discussion in December 2017. The treaty was initiated by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. Since their founding, they established a powerful groundswell of public support for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Changes to the normative order of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are underway. Frustrated with decades of political deadlock, on July 7 this year, 122 states voted in favor of a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Some months later, on 10th of December, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded ICAN with the Nobel Peace Prize. The agreement was formed against the will of the nuclear weapon states and their alliance partners. The main argument for the holding of these weapons is still it’s deterrent function. Current political situations regarding for example North Korea are often pointed out in that context.