09 Dec

30 Jahre nach dem Staatssozialismus: Zehn aktive Baustellen

Eine Generation nach dem Ende des europäischen Staatssozialismus – von vielen erhofft, von wenigen vorausgesagt – ist eine Zwischenbilanz an der Zeit. Die anfangs gehegte Erwartung, dass sich in Mittel- und Osteuropa die vermeintliche Normalität des demokratischen Kapitalismus nach westlichem Muster etablieren würde, war von Anfang an naiv. Worin bestehen die aktuellen Probleme von Gesellschaften, …
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04 Dec

Between Kyiv and Vienna

This multidisciplinary conference seeks to reexamine the modern history of the space broadly bounded today by Ukraine and Austria, through the lens of circulation and motion. It considers people who moved within, out of, and into the region, interrogating the forces that drove them and the consequences of their movement; examines the flow of ideas …
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11 Nov

How Did We Get from “Love Me Do” to Donald Trump?

In this colloquium, Evgenyi Dainov presents his project which is an analysis of the ideas that motivated societal processes from 1962 to 2016 in Europe, the USA and other relevant places. Using a Hegelian methodology, the analysis concentrates primarily on rock music as the privileged arena for the Zeitgeist throughout most of the period under …
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06 Nov

1989 in a Day

The program of “1989 in a Day”, curated by IWM Permanent Fellow Ludger Hagedorn, highlights crucial events of the year 1989 through personal recollections and examines their ongoing importance for current developments. It focusses on eight dates/events of the year, deliberately skipping the “Berlin – Fall of the Wall,” as this event retrospectively overshadows all …
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19 Sep

American Diplomacy in a Disordered World

In the fifth event of the series “Geopolitical Talks” IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev will talk with Ambassador William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about America’s changing role in the world and the purpose of American diplomacy. William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and …
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27 Jun

The Challenge of Technocracy

The European Union (EU) is a rules-based order par excellence. Often seen as one of its great strengths, its reliance on rules as a functional equivalent of politics and political contestation is actually deeply problematic. The deficiencies of the EU’s rules-based and technocratic approach to governance have become much more apparent over the last ten …
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12 Jun

Europe’s Futures Final Symposium

We need platforms to renew and reinvent Europe. In cooperation with leading European organisations and think-tanks, IWM and ERSTE Foundation have joined forces to tackle some of the crucially important topics: asylum and migration, rule of law and democracy, European enlargement and social inclusion. Europe’s Futures has clear objectives: a European Union that protects its …
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06 Jun

What the EU can learn from the Habsburg Empire

In the fourth event of the series “Geopolitical Talks” IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev will talk with A. Wess Mitchell, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2017-2019), about current geopolitical challenges and lessons from the past. A. Wess Mitchell is co-founder and vice chairman of the CEPA Board (Center for …
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05 Jun

The International State System after Neoliberalism

I begin by recalling a short essay by Karl Polanyi, written in 1945, in which he discusses the prospects of a new, peaceful global order, based on the lessons of the war and the interwar period. In it Polanyi advocates an international regime beyond both Communist and neoliberal universalism that allows for national political-economic self-determination. …
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03 Jun

Dilemmas of Popular Sovereignty: Tocqueville’s Perspective

Might a 19th century thinker help us grapple with political dilemmas of the 21st? This talk brings Tocqueville to bear on liberal democracy’s present discontents by exploring his understanding of popular sovereignty and its ramifications for democratic politics. While Tocqueville embraced popular sovereignty as an abstract principle and American practice, he also diagnosed its inherent …
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