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US Elections 2020 – A Fateful Decision for the USA, Europe and the World?

What would Donald Trump’s re-election mean for the world order as China becomes more assertive? What will change for the relation with Europe and more generally for the future of the world? Would a Joe Biden victory return foreign policy relations to a status quo ante, or is the world already in a “new normal”? With Steven Erlanger, Raimund Löw, Eva Nowotny, Timothy Snyder and Ivan Vejvoda

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Jean Améry Prize: Ivan Krastev in Conversation with Shalini Randeria

The Allianz Kulturstiftung and the Klett-Cotta publishing house awarded the prize, founded in memory of Jean Améry for important contemporary essays, to IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev on September 17, 2020. Watch the video of his conversation with IWM Rector Shalini Randeria.
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Irina Borogan and Andrei Soldatov: The Compatriots

Once out of Russia, the exiles start presenting a challenge to the Kremlin, and the Kremlin takes this challenge very seriously. But it has also created the concept of Russky Mir or Russian World – the worldwide community of Russian-speaking people whose identity is connected with Russian history and culture.
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Lubomír Zaorálek and Timothy Snyder: A New World (Dis-)Order


Europe’s Futures Symposium 2020

Eight Europe’s Futures Fellows of the 2019/20 cohort led by IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Vejvoda encapsulated the work done over the year in which the pandemic force-opened new futures for Europe.
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Warum wir am Frauentag auch über Männer reden sollten…

Der internationale Frauentag ist eine gute Gelegenheit, um auch über Männer zu sprechen. Das lange gepflegte Ideal von Männlichkeit, das Stärke und Härte voraussetzt, ist längst nicht mehr gültig. Frauen wehren sich gegen die  Ausprägungen dieser „toxischen Männlichkeit“ – mit immer mehr Erfolg. Das hilft auch den Männern.
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Emma Goldman Awards

The IWM is pleased to announce a collaboration with the FLAX Foundation, a newly founded independent foundation. Starting in 2020, the FLAX Foundation will issue awards to talented and engaged scholars of feminist and inequality issues in Europe, to support their research and development. The IWM will host two Emma Goldman Fellows each year, beginning in 2020, until 2025, funded by the FLAX Foundation.
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The Dangers of Digital Democracy

All over the world, elections are manipulated by fake news, public opinion is radicalized via social media and electronic voting processes are subject to hacker attacks. The Internet was once seen as an opportunity for more democracy, but today concerns about the future of free elections prevail. Eric Frey, editor of Der Standard, will speak with his guests about the transformation of mass media and the (in)steerability of the Internet.
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Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes: The Light That Failed. A Reckoning


Serhii Plokhii and Philippe Sands: Humanity and Catastrophe

In this conversation, the two authors reflect on the systemic and personal facets of large-scale disaster, the relationship between silence and memory, and lessons for humanity’s future.
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Serhii Plokhii: Atomic Energy and the Arrogance of Man

In his lecture, Serhii Plokhii draws on new sources to lay bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime’s control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else.
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Aleida Assmann: Die Wiederaneignung der Nation

Wir sind heute geneigt, ‘Nation’ mit ‘Nationalismus’ gleichzusetzen. Das ist naheliegend angesichts der verheerenden Exzesse von Gewalt, die der Nationalismus und vor allem der Nationalsozialismus im 20. Jahrhundert entfesselt haben. Das Erstarken rechter Parteien in Europa bestätigt heute die Sorge, dass von den Nationen wieder der Ausschluss von Minderheiten, Verfolgung und Gewalt ausgehen können. Aber Nationen bestehen nicht in einem Vakuum, sie existieren ebenso in liberalen Demokratien wie in autokratischen Regimen.
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Europe’s Futures Colloquium IV

In the forth event of the newly established series "Europe's Futures Colloquia" Bernd Marin and Leszek Jażdżewski presented their research projects. A joint initiative of IWM and ERSTE foundation.
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Europe’s Futures Colloquium III

In the third event of the newly established series "Europe's Futures Colloquia" Nicole Koenig and Isabelle Ioannides presented their research projects. A joint initiative of IWM and ERSTE foundation.
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Europe’s Futures Colloquium II

In the second event of the newly established series "Europe's Futures Colloquia" Alida Vračić and Péter Krekó presented their research projects. A joint initiative of IWM and ERSTE foundation.
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William J. Burns: American Diplomacy in a Disordered World

In the fifth event of the series “Geopolitical Talks” IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev talked 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.
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Europe’s Futures Colloquium I: Grigorij Mesežnikov & Niccolo Milanese

In the first event of the newly established series "Europe's Futures Colloquia" Grigorij Mesežnikov and Niccolo Milanese present their research projects. A joint project of IWM and ERSTE foundation.
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Robert Skidelsky: The Future of Work – Is Artificial Intelligence a New Road to Serfdom?

Debate with Lord Robert Skidelsky, Michal Pechoucek and Ludger Hagedorn (Moderator)

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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 years – the EU’s ‘crisis decade’. Panel discussion with Stefan Auer, Nicole Scicluna, Hans Kundnani and Ivan Vejvoda.
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Wolfgang Streeck: The International State System after Neoliberalism

IWM Lecture in Human Sciences by Wolfgang Streeck on "Europe between National Democracy and Supranational Centralization".
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Making Sense of the Results of the European Elections

Patocka Debate 2019, May 29, 2019 with Ivan Krastev, Michael Žantovský, Ondřej Ditrych. A cooperation of IWM (Vienna) and IIR (Prague)
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Ayse Caglar: Migrants and City Making in Disempowered Cities

Asye Caglar talks in this Monthly Lecture about the questions: What do cities which have lost their economic, political, and cultural power and population reveal about the location of migrants in city-making and urban politics? What do they disclose about the fault lines of neoliberal urban redevelopment?
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Ivan Krastev: The Light that Failed

2nd Krzysztof Michalski Memorial Lecture
May 24, 2019
Speaker: Ivan Krastev
“The Light That Failed”
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Peter Engelmann, Chantal Mouffe: Democracy and Its Enemies

Book presentation: "Wenn Demokratien demokratisch untergehen" [When Democracies are dismantled democratically], Pasagen Verlag, 2019. The volume marks the resumption of a series of IWM publications in cooperation with Passagen Verlag, Vienna.
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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)