The Return of Geopolitics in Europe

Sunday, 11 January 2015, 11:00am - 12:30pm, Burgtheater

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After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 and the subsequent reordering of Europe, it seemed that a new era of stable and peaceful development lay ahead. In recent months, however, Europeans have experienced increasing insecurity. Peace and security can no longer be taken for granted. Borders and national entities have been called into question. Sanctions against Russia are affecting economic relationships – also in Austria. Has the Cold War returned to Europe? What geopolitical changes might we expect in the near future? How should Europe respond to these challenges?

Carl Bildt
Former Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Ana Palacio
Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain

Ivan Krastev
IWM Permanent Fellow; Chair of the Board, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

Fyodor Lukyanov
Editor-in-chief, Russia in Global Affairs

Alexandra Föderl-Schmid
Editor-in-chief, DER STANDARD

Further reading:
EU inmitten fundamentaler Unordnung statt neuem Kalten Krieg
Der Standard, Teresa Eder, 11.01.2015
Carl Bildt: “Die Russland-Sanktionen greifen in allerhöchstem Maß”
Der Standard, Karin Häggmark, 10.01.2015

In cooperation with the Vienna Burgtheater, ERSTE Foundation, and Der Standard.