Political Salons

The Political Salon is a discussion forum on current political and social questions. Started in 2004 as a cooperation with the Austrian daily newspaper Die Presse, renowned scholars and politicians are invited to panel discussions at the Institute’s library.

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Monday, March 27, 6:00pm
Michael Ignatieff
Migration, Asylum and Human Rights

Thursday, May 18, 6:00pm
Erhard Busek
Europe and Austria: The Shape of the Future?

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Previous Speakers:

November 24
Lubomir Zaoralek
Escaping the Trap of Radicalism: Reflections on Central Europe

October 10
Adam Daniel Rotfeld
Russia, Ukraine, Poland: Difficult Past, Uncertain Future

April 18, 2016
Madeleine Albright
Global Responsibility: Europe, the US and the Refugee Crisis

February 22, 2016
Alessandro Monsutti
Beyond the ‘Refugee Crisis’:

January 17, 2016
Zhanna Nemtsova
New Russian Nationalism

November 10, 2015
Sadik al-Azm
The Syrian Revolt: An Insider Perspective 

October 14, 2015
Shlomo Avineri

The Arab Spring and the Disintegration of the Middle East State System

May 7, 2015
Sergii Leshchenko
Ukraine Between Corruption and Reform

April 20, 2015
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
Understanding the Rise of the Islamic State

February 19, 2014
Mykola Riabchuk
Ukraine, Maidan, and the Future of Europe

December 17, 2013
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff
Die Qual nach der Wahl – Wie entwickelt sich Deutschland?

November 29, 2013
Nader Hashemi
Why Syria Matters: The Moral Case for Intervention

November 15, 2013
Gordon Bajnai
Hungary at the Crossroads

October 24, 2013
Giuliano Amato
Europe. What comes next?

June 27, 2013
Soli Özel
Popular Revolt, Populist Turn: Turkey’s Critical Turn After a Decade of AKP Rule

June 4, 2013
Martti Ahtisaari
Is Europe Losing Its Vision? Egalitarian Politics at Stake

March 12, 2013
Fyodor Lukyanov
Russian Foreign Policy: Transformation in the Era of Uncertainty

February 20, 2013
Avrum Burg
Israel after the Elections

September 9, 2012
Georg Soros
The Future of the Euro

May 31, 2012
Kristalina Georgieva
Humanitarian Crisis Response: The EU’s Role and Responsibility

May 15, 2012
Mark Lilla
The New Class Divide and the American Election

May 8, 2012
Irina Prokhorova
Between Dog and Wolf: Russian Society in Quest of its Path for Freedom

March 29, 2012
Christine Ockrent
The French Presidential Election: What is at Stake for France and for Europe?

December 12, 2011
Klaus Gretschmann
Aus der Krise geboren: Niedergang oder Wiedergeburt der EU?

November 8, 2011
Aryeh Neier
The Human Rights Movement as a Political Force

October 19, 2011
Charles Gati / György Schöpflin
What’s the Matter with Hungary?

October 10, 2011
Lilia Shevtsova
Russia’s Choice: Change or Degenerate

June 22, 2011
Marc F. Plattner
Media and Democracy: A Historical Perspective

May 12, 2011
Gabriela von Habsburg
´Go West´ – Georgiens Perspektiven für das 21. Jahrhundert

January 16, 2010
Gesine Schwan
Wider den Vertrauensverlust in die Politik

October 15, 2009
Miroslav Lajčák / Wolfgang Petritsch
European Prospects for the West Balkan

April 27, 2009
Karlheinz Essl / Bogdan Zdrojewski
Kunst, Geld und Politik

May 2017


Europe and Austria: The Shape of the Future?

Europe is changing. Looking outwards, it has to operate increasingly as a global player; looking inwards, it needs to counter the centrifugal tendencies of some of its member states by strengthening regional cooperations. For a small country like Austria, the latter are crucial, but many neighbouring countries’ internal developments are putting a strain on their …
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March 2017


Migration, Asylum and Human Rights

Walls, razor wire and fences are going up all over Europe—and North America too—as democracies face the challenge of mass migration. How do we reconcile refugee’s rights of asylum with sovereign rights of border control and citizens’ rights to security?  The language of rights is now on a collision course with the language of democracy …
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February 2017


Europe and Austria: The Shape of the Future?

The Political Salon with Erhard Busek had to be postponed to May 18 for organizational reasons. Please accept our apologies for any inconveniences this may cause. Registrations on: IWM/Events Europe is changing. Looking outwards, it has to operate increasingly as a global player; looking inwards, it needs to counter the centrifugal tendencies of some of …
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