FRIENDS WITH ENEMIES – Neutrality and Nonalignment Then and Now

The International Institute for Peace (IIP) and the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study in cooperation with the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna & PEN-Club Austria cordially invite you to the upcoming conference on the topic:

Neutrality and Nonalignment Then and Now

Date:                                   Monday-Tuesday, 2 – 3 March 2020                            

University of Vienna – Skylounge, Oskar-Morgenstern Platz 1, 1090 Vienna


Commemorating 65years of Austrian neutrality law we are pleased to announce a two-day conference on neutrality and nonalignment. Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, the ‘End of History’ is as far away as always, and the international security environment is changing again. With the rise of China, the resurgence of Russia, and novel ideas for security mechanisms in Europe, the world of US-led unipolarity is drawing to a close. Alliances in Europe and Asia are not as clear-cut as they used to be and even core institutions like NATO or the US-Japan alliance have come under pressure unheard of only a decade ago. What does that mean for neutrals and nonaligned countries? Join us in the audience to debate neutrality in the twenty-first century.

Monday, March 2

09.00–09.40 | Arrival & Registration

09.45–10.00 | Welcome Remarks and Introduction to the Conference

Heinz Gärtner (IIP, University of Vienna, Austria)
Pascal Lottaz (Waseda University, Japan)

10.00–10.15 | Inauguration

Heinz Fischer (President of Austria 2004–2016)

introduced by Hannes Swoboda (President IIP)

10.15–12.15 | Panel 1

Neutrality and Nonalignment in a Historical Perspective
ChairHannes Swoboda, president of the IIP and former MEP
SpeakerPeter RuggenthalerLBIKF, Austria
SpeakerJohanna Rainio-NiemiU Turku, Finland
SpeakerVasileios SyrosU Jyväskylä, Finland
SpeakerHeinz GärtnerIIP, University of Vienna

12.15–13.00 | Lunch

13.00–15.00 | Panel 2

The Neutrals and Geopolitics
ChairStephanie Fenkart, Director of the IIP
SpeakerLaurent GötschelSwisspeace, Switzerland
SpeakerPascal LottazWaseda University, Japan
SpeakerEva NowotnyUniversity of Vienna
SpeakerNikolai SokovVienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation

15.00–15.30 | Coffee Break

15.30–20.30 | Neutrality and Art—The Art of Independence (Break-out Sessions)

Moderation: Antonia Rados (Journalist)

15.30–16.15 | Lectures

Christoph Reinprecht (University of Vienna)
Helmuth Niederle (President PEN Austria)

16.15–16.30 | Music

16.30–18.00 | Readings by Poets from Nonaligned Countries*

Gerda Sengstbratl, Austria (German–English)

Josef Winkler, Austria (German–English)

Sarita Jenamani, India (Oriya–English)

Tarek Eltayeb, Egypt (Arabic–English)

Mitra Shahmoradi, Iran (Persian–English) translated by Mark Klenk (USA)

18.00–18.30 | Music

Hamid-Reza Odjaghi, Iran (Daf and Singing)

18.30–20.30 | Reception at the Conference Center

Tuesday, March 3

10.00–12.00 | Panel 3

The Role of Neutral and Nonaligned States in Multilateral Institutions
ChairChristine Muttonen, Former President of the OSCE Parliament. Assembly
SpeakerPascal LagoResearcher for Security Policy at Avenir Suisse
SpeakerPeter JankowitschEx-Foreign Minister, Austria
SpeakerAngela KaneEx-UN High Rep. for Disarmament Affairs, IIP
SpeakerYauheni PreihermanChair of the Minsk Dialogue

Lunch Break | 12.00­–12.45

12.45–14.45 | Panel 4

Neutrality, Non-Alignment and Values—From Good Offices to Engagement
ChairStephanie Fenkart, Director of the IIP
SpeakerHerbert ReginboginCUA, USA
SpeakerKeiichi KuboWaseda University, Japan
SpeakerAndrew CotteyUniversity College Cork
SpeakerThomas RoithnerPeace Researcher, Vienna

14.45–15.00 | Final Remarks

Heinz Gärtner & Pascal Lottaz

Discussions will be held in English.


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