International Relations

FM4: Schubert on Houthi Rebels and Iranian Warships

As the fighting in Yemen continues with Saudi airstrikes and Houthi rebels try to take the port city of Aden, the crisis in the Middle East is deepening. On last Thursday’s FM4 Reality Check, Webster International Relations professor Dr. Schubert talked about Iranian warships in the Gulf of Aden. While the Iranian naval presence does not constitute significant military support for Houthi rebels or much of an escalation, Dr. Schubert pointed out that it nevertheless complicates the situation in a very crowded area of frequent US, Russian or Chinese naval maneuvers.

Fossil Fuels - Curse or Blessing for Innovation?

International Relations guest scholar Dr. Andreas Fleig from Heidelberg University and IR research faculty Dr. Elina Brutschin present their common research project on the relationship between resources and innovation in a public lecture on April 30.

In times of intensified resource conflicts a countries innovation performance becomes increasingly important. Using panel data from 1980 to 2012 on patents in the energy sector the project highlights the distorting effects of resource abundance and fossil fuels on an economies labor force allocation.

FM4: Schubert on ISIS in Tikrit

In his latest interview for FM4 Reality Check, Prof. Schubert talked about the recent attempts by US and Iraqi forces to dislodge ISIS from the city of Tikrit.

Successful IR Workshop With ETH Zürich Scholar

A motivated group of International Relations students has taken part in the workshop “International Conflict and Mediation” offered by Dr. Zorzeta Bakaki from the ETH Zürich, Switzerland on Saturday afternoon, March 21.

Dr. Bakaki presented an overview of the definitions of international conflict and conflict mediation techniques, first. Then, students had to apply the techniques in an interactive simulation.

Webster Delegates off to Model UN New York

A twelve student delegation from Webster Vienna, Private University, traveled to New York today, to take part in the prestigious National Model United Nations Conference.

Dieter Helm on The Energy Union

The International Relations Department of Webster Vienna, Private University, is pleased to invite you to the public presentation

The Energy Union. More than the sum of its parts?

by Professor

Dieter Helm
University of Oxford.

Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 6.15pm
Webster Vienna, Private University, Praterstrasse 23, 1020 Vienna.

Hon. Mark R. Kennedy in IR class at Webster Vienna

On March 17th, Prof. Mark R Kennedy, Director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, visited Webster Vienna, Private University.

The former congressman and advisor to the US Trade Representative in both the Bush and Obama administrations, talked before students of Prof. Brutschin’s research methods class, giving first hand insight into US politics and how to make “democracy work.” He was welcomed by WUV Director Dr. Arthur Hirsh and IR faculty Dr. Samuel R. Schubert, a George Washington University alumnus himself.

IR Guest Workshop Dr. Bakaki, ETH Zurich

The International Relations Department welcomes Dr. Zorzeta Bakaki, ETH Zurich, for a guest workshop on international conflict and mediation.

The workshop, designed to give an introduction to state of the art research on conflict and mediation, will feature mediation simulations including interactive role playing.

Saturday, March 21, 2.30 to 5.40pm / Rooms 4.6-4.7

If you would like to participate R.S.V.P. to

FM4: Schubert on ISIS Kidnappings, Pollak on EU Armed Forces

International Relations professors Samuel R. Schubert and Johannes Pollak were interviewed by Austrian national radio FM4 in its March 10th "Reality Check". Dr. Schubert commented on ISIS in Libya. Dr. Pollak was asked to present his take on possible EU armed forces.

IR Faculty Brutschin Presentation at 2015 ENCoRe Meeting

Dr. Elina Brutschin presented her latest research project together with Dr. Zorzeta Bakaki (ETH Zürich) at the European Network for Conflict Research Meeting (ENCoRe) at the German Development Institute (D.I.E.) in Bonn, 5-7 March 2015.

In their paper "The Competition over Resources: A New Approach in the Context of Low Scale Violence" the authors argue that the literature on the “resource backed aggression” overestimates the possible effects of energy resources on foreign policy behavior as it does not consider the competitive nature of resource markets.


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