Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue
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.
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.
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.