Africa. Dimensions of a Continent
The lens through which Europe, and indeed the international community as a whole, used to look at Africa was for a long time that of development policy. It was only with the presentation of a common European strategy for Africa that political aspects and the new African institutions shifted into focus.
The „Arab Changes“ series curated by Gudrun Harrer was established in response to the upheavals in the Arab world during and after the revolutions of 2011. The multi-faceted programme covers a wide span of aspects: the presentations held by renowned experts range from developments in individual Arab states to broader issues such as democracy, authoritarianism, demography etc.
The way China is perceived by us in the EU affects our political positioning. The way the EU is perceived in China affects China’s political positioning. It is not unusual that the external view and the respective self-image are not congruent. With respect to China and the EU, however, the curator believes that the discrepancy between self-image and external view is sometimes particularly striking.
The Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue has an internationally recognized standing and reputation in one of the most complex conflicts. The year 2013 brought an important development from an intellectual, academic exercise to a relevant political project tested in Europe, in the US and in the region. It is timely to continue this effort not only against the background of the collapse of the so called peace talks but also on the assumption of a different approach needed. The newly introduced discourse based on rights and values instead of power and interests is gaining momentum in the discussions.
Russia on the World Stage
Over the last ten years, Russian foreign policy has been animated by defensiveness and suspicion. Russia even has uneasy relations with the congenitally non-threatening European Union. It is touchy about the independence of the near-abroad countries, especially those politically or geographically close to the West – Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia.
Despite the international financial and economic crisis, and despite the many fundamental changes in international relations the transatlantic relationship remains of central importance. The U.S. and the European Union are not only the most significant mutual economic partner, they are also in political terms, a guarantee for a global order.