Values, what values? Backgrounds of the difficult value discourse with Russia

Values, what values? Backgrounds of the difficult value discourse with Russia

by Malte Clement

In the controversy between Russia and the European Union the discussion about values became more and more a central element over the years. Therefore The EURAS, the Karl Renner Institut and the IIP organized a forum to exchange opinions whether the current conflict is a clash of values or rather a clash of interests and if there are generally applicable rights or a traditional self-reliance of Russian values.

Finissage und Gespräch: Kunst im Iran zwischen Tradition und Moderne

Finissage und Gespräch: Kunst im Iran zwischen Tradition und Moderne

Am 26. September 2018 fand im Rahmen der Finissage „Verlorene Träume“ von Mitra Shahmoradi ein Gespräch über „Kunst im Iran: Zwischen Tradition und Moderne – vor und nach der Revolution 1979“ am International Institute for Peace (IIP) in Wien statt. Drei iranische Künstlerinnen unterschiedlicher Generationen, sprachen über Kunst im Iran, in Österreich, über Vorurteile in beiden Ländern gegenüber Frauen und Ausländerinnen, über Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten unterschiedlicher Kunstformen, über den Zusammenhang zwischen Politik und Kunst, über die Autonomie und Kreativität von Künstlerinnen und über einen kritischen Umgang emotionaler Zusammenhänge im Kontext komplexer Themen.

Civilian Monitors – an effective enough remedy to end a hot conflict?

Civilian Monitors – an effective enough remedy to end a hot conflict?

On 23 April 2018, The Platform for Dialogue and Conflict Resolution in Ukraine had the opportunity to host an exciting event with Ambassador Alexander Hug, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. Providing insights in the work and daily life of the Special Monitoring Mission, the discussion revolved around the question whether OSCE civilian monitors were an effective enough remedy to end a hot conflict in Ukraine.

The diplomatic relations between Austria and Russia - in conversation with Sharon Hudson-Dean

The diplomatic relations between Austria and Russia - in conversation with Sharon Hudson-Dean

by Lea Boraucke

The round table, which took place on 19 June 2018 at the IIP, gathered experts on international relations between Russia and Austria to a talk with Sharon Hudson-Dean, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. In a political present of a widening gap between Russia and the EU, this relation is becoming more important.

Rapidly Emerging Technologies: What are the Ethical and Legal Challenges?

Rapidly Emerging Technologies: What are the Ethical and Legal Challenges?

by Marlene Prinz

The Vienna Center of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and the International Institute for Peace organised a round table on the 20th od April, moderated by Angela Kane, former high UN commissioner for disarmament and vice-president of the IIP, on the topic mentioned above. The event revolved around the benefits, opportunities but also challenges of artificial intelligence (AI). Two experts Sean Legassick and Jane Zavalishina were invited to give some interesting insights into this topic.

Die neuen Herausforderungen Europas - International Summer School in Sipan

Die neuen Herausforderungen Europas - International Summer School in Sipan

Die Europäische Union wird derzeit mit einer Vielzahl von Herausforderungen konfrontiert. In vielen europäischen Ländern ist eine Zunahme des Rechtspopulismus festzustellen. Dies beeinflusst den Zusammenhalt innerhalb der EU und stellt demokratische Institutionen vor neue Aufgaben. Im Rahmen der diesjährigen International Summer School in Sipan, die vom IIP und dem Atlantic Council of Croatia organisiert wurde, hat sich Stephanie Fenkart mit diesem Thema in ihrem Aufsatz "The Rise of Populism in Europe" intensiver auseinandergesetzt.

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.

Experiencing Šipan Summer School

Experiencing Šipan Summer School

by Marlene Prinz

This year I had the chance to participate in the 17th International Summer School, which took place from 24th-29th in Šipan. The weeklong Summer School revolved around the topic “The role of NATO in the process of stabilisation of Western Balkan countries” and was organised by the Atlantic Council of Croatia with the support of NATO PDD and the International Institute for Peace (IIP).

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.