7 March 2017
Vienna – Towards a humane and effective asylum policy
Mark Leonard – Kristof Bender – Nina Khrushcheva. Photo: Kreisky Forum
Mark Leonard – Kristof Bender – Nina Khrushcheva. Photo: Kreisky Forum

On 7 March Kristof participated in a round table on "Ways to next Europe?", part of a series of events on the topic of "Next Europe" organised by the Centre for Liberal Strategies from Sofia, the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna, the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Balkan Trust for Democracy and the Directorate for Security Policy of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Defence and Sports.

Kristof spoke on a panel with Soli Özel of Kadir Has University (Istanbul) and Nina Khrushcheva of the World Policy Institute on how to react to external crisis and conflict. He explored the shortcomings of the current response to the refugee crisis and presented ideas how to address them. For an upcoming paper on this topic please check here

Other participants included Walter Russel Mead (Hudson Institute, Editor-at-Large of The American Interest, Washington DC), Ivan Krastev (Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia), Mark Leonard (ECFR, London), Stefan Lehne (Carnegie Europe, Brussels), Nilan Nic (Globsec Policy Institute, Bratislava), Roderick Parkes (EUISS, Paris), Bastian Giegerich (IISS, London), Vessela Tcherneva (ECFR, Sofia), Bernardo Venturi (IAI, Rome) and Wolfgang Wosolsobe (Austrian Ministry for Defence and Sports, Vienna).

On 8 March Kristof was invited to a lunch at the Dutch residence in Vienna to discuss ESI's ideas for a reformed European asylum policy. Attending were Robert-Jan Sieben, head of the Dutch Foreign Ministry's Migration Task Force, Jan Willem de Wolf, the Dutch defence attaché to Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia, Sascha Bollerman of the Dutch and Valentine Mangez of the Belgium Embassy to Austria.

Programme: "Ways to next Europe?"

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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