International Relations

Fracking and the Future of Unconventional Gas and Oil Resources

Another lecture in the “Energy Talks”  series took place on March 31 at the Amerika Haus. The lecture, “The Future of Fracking and Unconventional Gas And Oil Resources” was held by Lee A. Brudvig of US Embassy in Vienna and was moderated by Dr. Samuel Schubert, Head of the International Relations Department of Webster University.

1st International Model UN conference a huge success

A huge congratulation is due to the Webster University Model United Nations team for its extremely successful performance at its first international Model UN conference,  MEDMUN in Menton, France!  Our Model UN team sent 17 students to participate and compete against students from other prestigious participating universities—such as SciencesPo, LSE, Princeton, MIT and Cambridge —and came out as champions.  Webster students received the second-highest number of awards of all participating universities, only coming after Colgate University, and two of our students received the Best Delegate a

Walter Boltz

Energy Talks: The Future of the European Gas Market

Walter Boltz, Director of e-control and deputy chairman of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, gave a lecture on the “Future of the European Gas Market” at the European Union House on the 27th of February, 2014.

Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Austria

IR Student Union hosts Ambassador Erfani

The International Relations Student Union hosted His Excellecy Ayoob Erfani, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Austria, for a guest lecture on March 5, 2014.  The well-attended lecture, "The Transformation of Afghanistan: The role of the International Community" highlighted the improvements that have take place in recent years in Afghanistan, particularly in security, education and women's rights.  However,  the Ambassador stressed the need for further improvements and the obligation of the international community to help.  In addition, the ambassador announced that the e

Model UN Practice

Model UN practices for international conferences

The Webster Model UN team held its first practice simulation in preparation for upcoming conferences in France and Romania.

The students in the MUN team enacted a hypothetical Security Council meeting on Thursday, February 13th. The simulated council meeting was held in response to the news that the the Islamic Republic of Iran violated the recent Geneva Interim Agreement and was in the possession of highly enriched uranium and had the capability to build a nuclear bomb within two weeks.  The students played their roles with enthusiasm and everyone enjoyed the simulation.

Lecture on Europe’s Energy Security

by Director K.D. Borchardt
Director of the DG Energy of the European Commission

Webster’s lecture series on Energy Security started on 28 January 2014 with a highly successful opening lecture by Dir. Borchardt from the European Comission. The event, which was organised by Webster in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Studies and the Diplomatic Academy,  took place in the House of the European Union in Vienna. Around 80 people – a mixture of students, experts and general public attended the lecture and participated in a lively debate afterwards.

Dr. Elina Brutschin

Dr. Brutschin presents at Asian Political Methodology Meeting in Tokyo

Dr. Elina Brutschin, Webster University Vienna Research Faculty, traveled to Tokyo in January for the inaugural "Asian Political Methodology Meeting".

Article about Schubert

Dr. Schubert-Strengthening Research at Webster

Dr. Samuel R. Schubert: Building the Research Reputation of Webster University

The Alum News of Webster Vienna recently published an article on the mission of the International Relations Department Head to further strengthen Webster's Research aptitude.  The article was based on an interview by Barb Carrow.  Click on the article below in order to read about International Relations Working Papers Series and other initiatives spearheaded by the International Relations department.

Dr. Algieri analyzes China's Power in Militär Aktuell

How much power does China really have?

Dr. Franco Algieri (Webster Faculty)  analyzes the ability of China to project power in his article, "Wie Viel Macht Hat China Wirklich" for Militär Aktuell (4/2013), an Austrian military magazine.

The military budget of China is increasingly used to claim that China intends to play the role of a hegemon, Algieri notes, and hypothetical conflict scenarios with a highly armed People’s Republic have become a preoccupation for certain Asian states, as well as the EU and the USA.

Militär Aktuell article

Dr. Algieri analyzes China's Power in Militär Aktuell

How much power does China really have?

Dr. Franco Algieri (Webster Faculty)  analyzes the ability of China to project power in his article, "Wie Viel Macht Hat China Wirklich" for Militär Aktuell (4/2013), an Austrian military magazine.

The military budget of China is increasingly used to claim that China intends to play the role of a hegemon, Algieri notes, and hypothetical conflict scenarios with a highly armed People’s Republic have become a preoccupation for certain Asian states, as well as the EU and the USA.

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