On 1st February 2017 the International Institute for Peace had the great pleasure to invite photographer Carlos Spottorno and journalist Guillermo Abril to give an introduction to their grahic novel ‚The Crack’. Carlos Spottorno started the evening by mentioning that many Europeans are not aware of the fact that the border of the European Union is at least as secured as the wall Donald Trump plans to build between the United States and Mexico. To raise awareness for these highly protected borders against outsiders, the different identities within the Europeans along their borders and the various problems that come with it, Abril and Spottorno started an adventurous journey with the aim to capture those identities and those affected by it. Five years ago, in December 2013 they got the assignment from El País Semanal for a series of stories about the European Union’s external borders.
The International Institute for Peace as part of the Platform for Dialogue and Conflict Resolution in Ukraine organized, together with the partner organizations, a Ukraine themed week in December. Therefore various experts were invited on the 11th December 2017 into the facilities of the IIP to figure out the Ukraine’s conflict status quo, and based on the finding how the situation will evolve in the near future.
Among the panelists were Vasily Astrov (Senior Researcher at Vienna Research Centre for International Economics), Dr. Hannes Swoboda (President of the IIP), Alexander Dubovy (National Defense Academy Vienna) and Oleksi Iakubin (National Technical University of Kiev). Stephanie Fenkart, Director of the IIP moderated the event.
On the 12th of December 2017, the IIP and Act.Now organised - following up on the 4th International Conference NOW on “African Youth and Migration” from September 3-5, 2017 in Kampala, Uganda and a series of Africa-Workshops and public debates organised by the Bruno Kreisky Forum, the VIDC and the IFK from 2016-2017 - a panel discussion on the topic Agents of Change. African Youth Between Narratives and Realities.
As a part of his visit to Vienna the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in cooperation with the IIP, the Vienna International Development Network and Aphropean Partners, decided to invite Victor Ochen for an afternoon talk at their headquarters and give him the opportunity to share his inspiring thoughts on topics revolving the establishment of peaceful structures and the connection to industrial development as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. As an ambassador for the United Nation’s SDGs and advisor to the UNHCR Victor Ochen is able to give profound insights into the concepts and backgrounds, but, more importantly, into how these goals can be implemented - especially locally and through the inclusion of the youth into decision making processes.
Vom 12-13 Dezember fand in Brüssel die jährliche EU-Konferenz über Nicht-Verbreitung und Abrüstung von Nuklearwaffen statt. In diesem Rahmen fand auch ein Treffen des Netzwerkes von unabhängigen Think-Tanks statt, an dem Angela Kane und Heinz Gärtner für das International Institute for Peace (IIP) und das Österreichische Institut für Internationale Politik (oiip) teilnahmen.