Ukraine: Dialogue instead of Monologue

Wednesday, March 29 at 7 PM - 8 PM
Republikanischer Club; Rockhgasse 1, 1010 Wien, Österreich

A solution for the conflict in Ukraine is not to be seen anywhere. While the Trilateral Contact Group is painfully struggling for at least some progress in their negotiations, the humanitarian situation of the people is dramatic – particularly in the areas near to the contact line in Eastern Ukraine. Aides and OSCE observers on the ground are under pressure, as are journalists and artists. The rivalling political narratives present a picture of several monologues competing with each other rather than a sorely needed dialogue about the living and working conditions of the groups mentioned, as well as the ideological differences within Ukrainian society.
The Austrian Platform for Dialogue and Conflict Resolution in Ukraine is an alliance committed to a large number of dialogue supporting initiatives in Ukraine. They are to be implemented in 2017 – the year of the Austrian OSCE presidency – with a view to long-term effects. The panel discussion will give information about the projects envisaged and show existing and future possibilities for dialogue and conflict resolution in Ukraine. The discussion will be held in English

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 7.00 p.m.
Venue Republikanischer Club, Rockhgasse 1, 1010 Vienna
Yevgenia Belorusets:
Artist, author and photographer, Kiev/Kyiv (Belorusets Yevgenia)

Gudrun Gusel:
Manager of Foreign Aid Caritas, Vienna (CaritasVienna)

Roman Koval:
Mediator, director of the Institute for Peace and Common Ground, Kiev/Kyiv (Інститут миру і порозуміння)

Oliver Vujović:
Journalist, general secretary of SEEMO (South East Europe Media Organisation), Vienna (Seemo)

Hannes Swoboda:
MEP ret., president of the International Institute for Peace, Vienna

Please register: Claudia Hofer, hofer@aspr.ac.at

In cooperation with
Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (Friedensburg Schlaining)
Die Grüne Bildungswerkstatt (Grüne Bildungswerkstatt)
Herbert C. Kelman Institute (http://kelmaninstitute.org/)
Gesellschaft für Eurasische Studien
Karl Renner Institute (Karl-Renner-Institut)
tranzit.at (tranzit.at)


Wednesday, April 05 at 15:45 - 17:15
Hotel Brufani - Sala Raffaelo, Perugia

Press freedom in south-east Europe

In the first two months of 2017 the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) published more than 35 reactions and protest letters connected to press freedom violations in the SEEMO region. Strong censorship by states, self-censorship, pressure by advertisers, intimidation, threats, physical attacks, journalists in jail, police protection for journalists, but also pressure by business people, politicians and religious groups are part of the daily life of a journalist in south-east and central Europe.
The speakers will be Zrinka Vrabec Mojzes, editor of the weekly Nacional which is famous for revealing corruption in Croatia, Besar Likmeta, an Albanian investigative journalist who was brutally attacked by a member of the Albanian Parliament during an interview, and Ukrainian Anna Babinets, who participated as a journalist in an investigation known as YanukovychLeaks, and also in the Panama Papers project. Barbara Fabro from the Central European Initiative (CEI) will focus on supporting investigative journalism in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Moderator: Oliver Vujovic from SEEMO. Organized in association with SEEMO and CEI.


Thursday, June 20

Eastern identities and Russia’s expanding influence on its neighbors hosted by Deutsche Welle

Moscow is trying to expand its influence on Eastern Europe by influencing the media, the policy and the civil society of several nations around Russia. While the right wing movement in European countries like Slovakia, Bulgaria and Czech Republic reaches out to the Kremlin and claims a turning away from the West, there are also countries like Ukraine that are unwantedly affected by the hard lines of Russian policy. The Polish President Andrzej Duda criticized NATO for treating Poland like a buffer zone between Russia and Germany. The panel discusses the identity formation of Eastern European countries and Slavic Nations. Is there a heritage of the "Eastern Identity", that all countries of Eastern Europe have in common and what was apart from its geographical point of reference the generalized social marker in European identity formation process? How does the Kremlin influence national policies and cultures of Eastern European countries?

Oliver Vujovic
Zhanna Nemtsova - Journalist, Deutsche Welle, Germany

More on: http://www.dw.com/en/eastern-identities-and-russias-expanding-influence-on-its-neighbors/a-38278263

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