Russia’s Strategic Miscalculation in Blockading the Sea of Azov

Commentary by DA-Alumnus Roger Hilton, now Research Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University, about the recent tension between Russia and Ukraine over the Sea of Azov, published on the European Leadership Network website.

Sicherheitspolitische Dynamiken in Afrika

Afrika rückt zunehmend in den Fokus der Sicherheitspolitik europäischer Staaten. Flucht- und Migrationsbewegungen über das Mittelmeer tragen zur Entstehung innereuropäischer Kontroversen bei. Zudem wecken militante Gruppierungen die Angst vor terroristischen Anschlägen in Europa. Die grenzüberschreitende Wirkung regionaler afrikanischer Krisen und Konflikte sowie die möglichen Auswirkungen auf die innere Sicherheit und Stabilität der Europäischen Union und ihrer Mitgliedstaaten werden dadurch deutlich. Die kulturelle, ökonomische und politische Vielfalt am afrikanischen Kontinent ist enorm. Die 54 Staaten Afrikas haben unterschiedliche Interessen und besitzen diverse Potentiale und Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten. Daneben sehen sich afrikanische Staaten mit komplexen und vielfältigen sicherheits- und entwicklungspolitischen Herausforderungen konfrontiert. Zahlreiche externe Akteure sind am Kontinent aktiv. Afrikanische Staaten bemühen sich jedoch zunehmend, mehr Verantwortung im Feld der Sicherheits- und Entwicklungspolitik zu übernehmen.

Die Straße von Hormus

"Die Straße von Hormus" des Blogs "Feichtinger kompakt"

In diesen professionell produzierten Kurzvideos werden von Brigadier Dr. Walter Feichtinger aktuelle sicherheitspolitische Themen analysiert und verständlich zusammengefasst. 

Fact Sheet Syrien

Aktuelle Konfliktanalyse der Landesverteidigungsakademie.

DA's "One Question": Radmila Shekerinska, Macedonia's Minister of Defence

This is video number four of our "One Question" feature. On 9 November 2018, Macedonia's Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska, participated in the 22nd European Forum on "The EU as a leading actor for security and defence". We asked her about Macedonia's future regarding European integration, above all for young people.

The Need to Fight for Human Rights: Memorial Lecture for Professor Vojin Dimitrijevic

In this video, BIM director Manfred Nowak holds the 5th Memorial Lecture for Serbian Professor Vojin Dimitrijević, founder and long-time director of the Belgrade Center for Human Rights. Manfred Nowak goes back to the beginnings of human rights that emerged in particular with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and the need for unity after the end of the Second World War. In his talk, he addresses the difficulties of monitoring states compliance with human rights and the crucial role of dialogue and compromise in order to protect human rights for all.

Podcast: The global problem of incarcerated children - Manfred Nowak at World Radio Switzerland

In this interview, BIM director Manfred Nowak addresses the burning issue of children deprived of liberty. In October 2016, Manfred Nowak was appointed as Independent Expert leading the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty and since then has been working on this topic together with a specialist team at the BIM, the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC) and other partner organisations. In this interview, he presents the progress of the study and emphasises the need for alternative measures to incarceration.

Human rights in translation: Bolivia’s law 548, working children’s movements, and the global child labour regime

What happens when children use their own understandings of their human rights to question international standards in the very places where these are adopted and monitored? This article, published in the International Journal of Human Rights (2018), examines the encounters of Latin American working children’s movements with members of the European Parliament in Brussels and with ILO staff in Geneva, in an attempt to influence the assessment of Bolivia’s Law 548.

Vienna+25 Conference (May 2018): Compilation of Documents

In May 2018, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights, the Vienna+25 conference brought together experts from all world regions. They shared their perspectives on current human rights challenges and elaborated practical recommendations to encourage states and other stakeholders to improve the protection of human rights, both domestically and internationally. This brochure contains the documents that were prepared ahead of the conference, such as the concept note and thematic outline papers, as well as the recommendations that were developed during the Working Group discussions at the conference.

Die Verkehrung des Rechts auf Asyl in einer Welt der Nationalstaaten

In diesem Beitrag zum Spotlight-Magazin des Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) skizziert Adel-Naim Reyhani, wie dasselbe Europa, das noch vor fast 70 Jahren eine historische völkerrechtliche Vereinbarung zum Schutz von Flüchtlingen hervorgebracht hat, nun dabei ist, dieses Asylrecht ins Gegenteil zu verkehren. Er argumentiert, weshalb heute globale Ansätze und ein Gespräch über die Mängel der internationalen Ordnung notwendig sind, um die grassierende Rechtelosigkeit von Asylsuchenden an den Grenzen Europas zu überwinden.

Wieso wir mit Staaten nicht Verstecken spielen sollten

In diesem Beitrag im Verfassungsblog setzt sich Adel-Naim Reyhani mit der Frage auseinander, wie asylrechtlicher Diskurs damit umgehen sollte, wenn Staaten mithilfe kreativer Ansätze die Einreise von Asylsuchenden verhindern wollen. Er führt dabei aus, weshalb das Spannungsverhältnis zwischen Menschenrechten und nationalstaatlichem Gestaltungsspielraum nur mit einem klaren Blick auf die Mängel der internationalen Ordnung aufgelöst werden kann.

The right to asylum and EU asylum policy

This BIM POSITION aims at outlining the perspective of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights on critical elements of the European Union’s (EU) approach towards the institution of asylum. For this purpose, it examines selected aspects of EU policy and presents reflections on a possible way forward based on a conceptualization of the right to asylum.

Feichtinger kompakt: Migration - eine globale Herausforderung

Kein Thema treibt die Politik in europäischen Staaten mehr als Migration. Sie ist mittlerweile sogar zu einem potentiellen Spaltpilz in der EU geworden. Doch eine gemeinsame Problemsicht und Strategie sind dringend nötig. In dieser Folge spricht Brigadier Walter Feichtinger über das Thema: Migration - eine globale Herausforderung.

Russland nach den Wahlen 2018: Stabilität vs. Veränderung?

Am 7. Mai 2018 wurde Wladimir Putin zum vierten Mal für weitere sechs Jahre als Präsident der Russischen Föderation angelobt. Er konnte sich zwar durch die "Heimholung" der Krim bereits einen Platz in der russischen Geschichte sichern, steht jedoch vor großen Herausforderungen. So muss etwa die Wirtschaft nachhaltig gestärkt werden, die Konflikte in Syrien und der Ukraine verbrauchen wertvolle Ressourcen und die Gräben zum Westen haben sich weiter vertieft. Wie steht es also um die Stabilität des Systems Putin und welche Rolle wird Russland als sicherheitspolitischer Akteur zukünftig spielen?

Diplomats and Spies - Time to Talk Debates

Mihai-Răzvan ­Ungureanu talked about "Diplomats and Spies" at the Vienna Humanities Festival 2018.

How do the two depend on each other despite their contradictions and what role will information (overt and covert) play in enhancing national security in the future?

Ungureanu served as Romania’s prime minister, foreign minister and director of the foreign intelligence service. As such, he crisscrossed the worlds of diplomacy and espionage, developing a distinct perspective of their relationship. Currently, the historian is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna and lecturer at the Diplomatische Akademie Wien - Vienna School of International Studies.

The discussion was moderated by Prof. Markus Kornprobst of the Diplomatische Akademie Wien - Vienna School of International Studies.

Nationalistic populism and its reception in Central Europe

Nationalist-populistic discourse is gaining momentum in many EU-member states, not least in the Central European region. European approaches to cope with the manifold challenges the EU and its members are currently facing, are meeting resistance, while trust in the capacity and ability of common European cross-border solutions is rather low. Trends to recur to a national political agenda have the potential to jeopardise the cornerstones of European integration and democracy and, thus, diminish the EU´s unity, its global weight and its credibility. A joint project by the Austrian Society for European Politics, the Center for European Neighborhood Studies (Central European University Budapest), EUROPEUM Prague, the Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Ljubljana) and GLOBSEC Policy Institute Bratislava examines on the basis of representative opinion polls if people in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia buy into anti-EU rhetoric and to what extent the respective national EU debate affects EU public opinion.

Die Handels- und Wohlfahrtseffekte eines ungeordneten Ausscheidens Großbritanniens aus der EU

Der vorliegende Policy Brief von Harald Oberhofer und Michael Pfaffermayr diskutiert die möglichen Handels- und Wohlfahrtseffekte eines ungeordneten Ausscheidens Großbritanniens aus der EU ("Hard Brexit") und soll die potentiellen Kosten veranschaulichen, die entstehen können, falls es zu keiner Einigung über den Austritt Großbritanniens kommt und folglich die ökonomische Bedeutung eines Abkommens verdeutlichen.

Drone Wars: To What End? An Investigation into the Long-Term Risks of U.S. Drone Warfare

Master's Thesis submitted by Stephanie Trapp in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Advanced International Studies (M.A.I.S.).

This thesis aims to investigate the risks and security implications concerning the U.S. deployment of drones in modern warfare, focusing on the case study of Pakistan. [...] The long-term impacts and risks may very likely incorporate a cumulative effect and consequently unpredictable consequences.

The Rise of Asia and the Consequences for the European Identity

Public Lecture by Stephen Keith Green, Baron Green of Hurstpierpoint, Peer in the British House of Lords, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment of the United Kingdom, held on 11 October 2018 at the DA

On Foreign Policy — The imperative for the EU to become a serious foreign political player in the 21st century or to be side-lined in the Great Game


Paper by Klemens H. Fischer, lecturer at the DA, published in: 'Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft' (Springer Fachmedien)

Today's multipolar structure is a major challenge for global players. The European Union is set to re-define its position to meet these challenges. The European Common Market does not only secure major economic influence globally, but it also provides the European Union with the necessary means to develop its own strategies in the areas of foreign and defence policy. The EU Common Foreign and Security Policy will have to be aligned with both the needs and the capacities of the Union in order to play a key role in that field, too.

Conflict Resolution and the Role of Local Religious Leaders in the Central African Republic

Master's Thesis submitted by Mathias Humenberger in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Advanced International Studies (M.A.I.S.).

Conflict in the CAR has been ongoing for years, despite the constant engagement of the international community and various concluded peace agreements. [...] [This thesis is a] case study, analysing the effects of local religious community leaders in making peace and ensuring reconciliation supplies useful policy recommendations on how to diversify and improve future peacebuilding initiatives.

Narrating Autocracy: Political Discourse in Latin America's Pink Tide

Master's Thesis submitted by Victoria Fassrainer in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Advanced International Studies (M.A.I.S.).

This thesis investigates the autocratization of the Pink Tide in Latin America between 1999-2017, focusing on the presidencies of Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Rafael Correa (Ecuador) and Evo Morales (Bolivia). The study explores the role of discourse—specifically, that of legitimation narratives— in authoritarian consolidations. It hypothesizes that legitimation narratives underpin the evolution of the Pink Tide governments and seeks to understand how legitimation is discursively constructed and upheld throughout autocratization.