Bruno Kreisky Forum

Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue

 

 

 
 
Bruno Kreisky:„Political aims and ideas have never lost their justification because they could not be implemented immediately. Many of those here present know from their own experience how necessary it is in politics to raise the same questions again and again. Some day the time will come when the ideas will be put into effect. That is my hope!" (UNIDO III., New Delhi, 31 January 1980)

The Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue is an independent, private institution acting as a  think tank - , which gives open access to the general public and  fosters a collective process of reflection. Over the past twenty years, many international guests  honoured the Forum with their presence and contributed to the excellent international reputation of the BKF.  At the same time, the Forum which previously was the home of the  late Chancellor Bruno Kreisky and is located on a splendid site on the outskirts of Vienna,  has established itself as a place where lectures, seminars and closed discussions are held about crucial issues of our time. It also offers a location for confidential exchanges of thoughts behind closed doors.

Over the last 20 years, the BKF was able to achieve the purpose of its founders. It emerged as a widely known centre for international dialogue and is considered as one of the most respected institutions in its field. 

The reputation of the BKF is built on such elements as thorough preparation of issues, a vast network of relationships and connections, high calibre participants, non-partisan moderation, discreet discussions,  objective reports and methodical  follow-up.  

During these years, the BKF has emerged as an unparalleled meeting place for groups where the most diverse topics are discussed. The main characteristic of the Forum´s  activities is its  ability to address sensitive human and political  issues, to offer a process of communication between rival partners  within Europe, between Europe and its neighbours and across the Middle East.

Because of its vital functions, the BKF has become an important European turntable of international dimension bringing together participants from all over the world. The more intensive and extensive its operations here  in Vienna, the more demands and requests it receives  to apply this  model  to other countries as well  by entering into a dialogue and using its communication  skills in order to help  parties in conflict,  resolve contradictory  narratives and overcome the divisions of political adversaries. The aim is to reach a deep understanding of conflicts in order to be able to overcome antagonism and divisiveness.

Subjects

NEW PARADIGMS FOR ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
Principles of Jewish Israeli-Palestinian Partnership

Israeli Jews and Palestinians are engaged in exploring ’Alternatives to Partition’ in an attempt to pave the way for a  historic reconciliation and political  commitment  and to respond to the  need for a shift in the current paradigm.

VIENNA CONVERSATIONS

Over the past few years, European intellectuals have engaged  in a profound discussion on how to (re)create a missing sense of ‘belonging and togetherness’ among Europe’s citizens and manifold communities with a view to fostering a new open context, in which humanistic, universal and progressive values can be strengthened   so as to better address and confront the dangers of our time,  since these  dangers threaten the constitutional principles of Europe and have a clear impact on the future of European Jewry and other minority groups. It is a clarion call for an optimistic Europe!

EUROPE AT RISK

Europe at Risk is an ongoing programme that addresses Europe’s key questions:
The European Union is torn apart by two powerful forces. Political elites agree that deeper integration is the only effective response to the crisis, but at the same time the crisis has fomented  nationalistic sentiments in the Member States. In short, the Union is torn between the imperative for more integration as the only way to  survival and the political inability to achieve this goal.

PERIPHERY AT RISK

Periphery at Risk addresses the competition among the continent’s major powers – the EU, Russia and Turkey – for influence in a contested neighbourhood and the possibilities for cooperation  in order to reduce security risks in the Balkans and the Middle East region In order for this to happen, we suggest the establishment of a network of independent think tanks that can create the common framework for assessing the risks, suggesting effective responses and advocating common policies and solutions.

 

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