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Rosa Brooks: War Bursts its Boundaries: Counting the Costs

In her second lecture, Rosa Brooks focused on consequences of the increasingly blurry lines around “war.” It looked at several examples, including US drone strikes and “personalized” forms of warfare, and examine the impact on the law of war, human rights, sovereignty and international institutions.
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Rosa Brooks: The Transformation of War

In the first IWM Lecture in Human Sciences, Rosa Brooks give a look at historical efforts to police the boundaries between war and “not war,” and efforts to make war subject to rules and law.
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Jeffrey Sachs: Migration and Global Inequalities

Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned Professor of Economics, leader in sustainable development and Senior UN Advisor, gave a lecture at the IWM on migration and global inequalities.
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Alessandro Monsutti: Afghan Asylum Seekers in Europe

While Syrians have been by far the most important group in the last few years, Afghans have consistently constituted during the last decades one of the single largest groups of asylum seekers in European countries, said Alessandro Monsutti at the Political Salon on February 22.
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Peter Pomerantsev: Russia and the Future of Propaganda Wars

Peter Pomerantsev took his newly published book “Nichts ist wahr und alles ist möglich” as a starting point to explore – in converstion with IWM Visiting Fellow Anton Shekhovtsov – new forms of Russian propaganda.
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Zhanna Nemtsova: New Russian Nationalism

On January 19, Zhanna Nemtsova, Russian journalist and daughter of the assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, spoke about new forms of Russian nationalism.
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Burgtheater-Debatte: Wozu brauchen wir TTIP?

Wer profitiert von TTIP, wer verliert? Werden Schiedsgerichte die Entscheidungen von Parlamenten und nationalen Gerichten zukünftig unterwandern? Diese Fragen diskutierten Éva Dessewffy, Lutz Güllner, Petra Pinzler, Franz Schellhorn, Peter-Tobias Stoll und Shalini Randeria im Burgtheater.

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Peter Boettke: Economic Policy and the 2016 Presidential Race

Peter Boettke discussed - together with Ivan Krastev and Christoph Prantner - the top candidates and whether their proposals address the problems or are merely rhetorical maneuverings to evade the problem and the appeal to populist sentiments.
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Alexander Soros: Heine, Wagner, Nietzsche

From within a broader investigation of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s relation to the poet Heinrich Heine, Alexander Soros focused in his talk on Nietzsche’s break with the composer Richard Wagner, specifically in relation to Heine.
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Helga Nowotny: The Cunning of Uncertainty

Research builds on what is known, but remains open to the unexpected. Helga Nowotny argues that todays’ societies, faced with rapid changes due to globalization, digitalization and other technological advances, can learn from science not to feel threatened by uncertainty. Instead, we should collude with the cunning of uncertainty and the opportunities it offers.
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Sadik al-Azm: The Syrian Revolt: An Insider Perspective

The rise of the Islamic State and the internationalization of the Syrian War have led many to overlook the uprising in Syria, which started in 2011. It saw large numbers of Syrians taking it down to the street in the context of the Arab Springs.
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Timothy Snyder: Black Earth.The Holocaust as History and Warning

In his new book 'Black Earth. The Holocaust as History and Warning', presented at Wien Museum on October 22, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first.
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Shlomo Avineri: The Arab Spring and the Disintegration of the Middle East State System

The massive popular demonstrations, which signaled the Arab Spring since 2011 brought down several authoritarian regimes, but the hopes for a historical democratic transformation have remained largely unfulfilled. However, it has now become clear that the upheavals lead to a transformation of the post-Ottoman state system in the region.
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Timothy Snyder: Ukraine, Russia, and Europe, Past & Future II

President Putin has used the occasion of the Russian invasion of southern and southeastern Ukraine to provide alternative readings of contemporary European history. What does this convey about Russian domestic politics and about the vision of Russian foreign policy for the future of Europe?
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Stephen Holmes: Illiberal Democracy

How should we understand the relation between Orban’s audaciously frontal assault on the liberal state and the virulent anti-liberalism of the 1930s? To what extent is Orban’s illiberalism unique to Hungary and to what extent is it a reflection of wider, even global, trends today?
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Timothy Snyder: Ukraine, Russia, and Europe, Past & Future

The view from just beyond the eastern border of the European project can help us to see what is historically exceptional about the European Union – and also its essential vulnerabilities, said Timothy Snyder in his first IWM Lecture in Human Sciences.
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Timothy Snyder: Russland und die Ukraine

Mit der Annexion der Krim hat Russland das Völkerrecht gebrochen und die europäische Sicherheitsarchitektur erschüttert. Mit den Kämpfen im Osten der Ukraine hat es die territoriale Unversehrtheit seines Nachbarlandes erneut verletzt. Welche Motive stehen hinter dem Handeln Moskaus? Am 10. Juni sprach Timothy Snyder vor dem Deutschen Bundestag.
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Claus Offe: Varieties of Inequality

Claus Offe's keynote speech entitled "Varieties of Inequality. What Can Be Done About Them and Why It Must Be Done" opened the conference 'Solidarity IX: On Distribution'.
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Timothy Snyder: War and Peace (1945-2015)

At the conference "War and Peace (1945-2015)", organised by the EPP Group in the European Parliament, the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Timothy Snyder focused on problems of commemorating the end of World War II (© Photo: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung).
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Sergii Leshchenko: Ukraine Between Corruption and Reform

Sergii Leshchenko,member of the Ukrainian parliament and former investigative journalist, discussed on May 7 - together with Carl Henrik Fredriksson (IWM/Eurozine) and Christian Ultsch (Die Presse) - Ukraine’s main internal problems: corruption, crony capitalism and biased media.
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Slavoj Žižek: What Does It Mean to Be a Great Thinker Today?

On May 5, the Slovenian political philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek gave a talk at the IWM, chaired by Sławomir Sierakowski, founder of the “Krytyka Polityczna” movement.
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Burgtheater-Debatte: Der Wiener Kongress und seine Folgen

Vor 200 Jahren fand der Wiener Kongress statt und damit die Neuordnung Europas. Wie hat sich Europa seither verändert? Welche Mechanismen zur Konfliktlösung gibt es heute? Wie sehen die neuen geopolitischen Herausforderungen aus? Debatte mit Heinrich August Winkler, Hazel Rosenstrauch, Sebastian Kurz, Johannes Hahn, Adam Krzeminski.

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Zygmunt Bauman: Diasporic Terrorism

In the Patočka Memorial Lecture 2015, Zygmunt Bauman looked at the social consequences of the massive ongoing diasporisation of the world, a process by which the stranger becomes a next-door neighbor.
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Burgtheater Debate: How Much Transparency Does Democracy Need?

Citizens are deeply disillusioned with political and business elites. Many believe that more transparency would restore trust in democratic institutions and corporations as only informed citizens are able to hold them accountable. Debate with Júlia Király, Evgeny Morozov, Aruna Roy, Max Schrems and Shalini Randeria.
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Selected Audio Files:

Women's Day: The Backlash Against Women’s Rights

Ulrich Brinkmann: Die unsichtbare Faust des Marktes

Katya Gorchinskaya, Cathrin Kahlweit: Have Ukraine's Reforms Failed?

Slavenka Drakulic: How Women Survived Post-Communism (and Didn't Laugh)