26 November 2010
Public debate in Vienna: Interventions, state building and the future of European Foreign Policy
View of the panel (Minna Jarvenpaa, Rory Stewart, Gerald Knaus, and Miroslav Lajcak. Photo: ERSTE Stiftung
View of the panel (Minna Jarvenpaa, Rory Stewart, Gerald Knaus, and Miroslav Lajcak. Photo: ERSTE Stiftung

On 26 November, ERSTE Stiftung and ESI organised a public debate about "Interventions, state building and the future of European Foreign Policy" in Vienna.

The last two decades have been the age of humanitarian intervention, of regime change and hugely ambitious state building efforts. From Bosnia to Kosovo, from Afghanistan to Iraq, nation states and international organisations have intervened by military force to change institutions, topple regimes and reshape societies.

What have we learned? What worked? Is this the dawn of a new era, in which a "responsibility to protect" overrides traditional state sovereignty? Or is the age of liberal imperialism, which begun in the mountains of the Balkans in the 1990s, coming to an end in Afghanistan, the graveyard of Empires? What does this generational experience mean for the EU?

Is there an emerging future vision for a proactive European common foreign and security policy? Is there going to be a European approach to interventions, as new institutions are being established following the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty?

ERSTE Stiftung      European Stability Initiative (ESI)

 

Introduction and moderation

Gerald Knaus - Chairman ESI / Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School/Harvard. Previously Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina; former director of EU-UNMIK Lessons Learned and Analysis Unit in Kosovo.

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From Afghanistan to Southern Iraq - observations on state building and intervention (Slide Presentation)

Rory Stewart - Member of the House of Commons, author of New York Times bestseller The Places in between (on his walk across Afghanistan) and The Prince of the Marshes (on his time as Deputy Governor of Amarah in Southern Iraq).

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Sarajevo, Mitrovica, Kabul - what have we learned?

Minna Jarvenpaa - Former Head of Analysis, UNAMA mission, Kabul; worked on Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia for the British Government's Stabilisation Unit; former Senior Advisor to Nobel Prize Winner Martti Ahtisaari; Strategy Advisor to the UN SRSG in Kosovo; municipal administrator in Mitrovica; former member of Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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A European way of intervention? - Lessons for future EU foreign policy

Miroslav Lajcak - Former Foreign Minister of Slovakia; Former High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Former Special Envoy of Javier Solana to Montenegro; former Ambassador of Slovakia to Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro; Albania and Macedonia.

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About us
Photo credits
Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com