International Relations

New EU Energy Policy Book by Schubert, Pollak and Kreutler

Energy Policy of the European Union was authored by Dr. Samuel Schubert (Webster International Relations Department), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Pollak (Institute for Advanced Studies and Webster International Relations Department), and Maren Kreuter (Institute for Advanced Studies and University of Bochum). It was published by Palgrave in their European Union Series.

Pollak on Cameron´s EU strategy


At his latest interview with the Austrian national radio station FM4, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Pollak reflects on British Prime Minister David Cameron’s latest speech about his vision for a reformed European Union. 

Cameron addressed three fields of re-negotiations: (1) the ever closer European Union, (2) EU citizens and their liberty to move freely within the union and (3) the issue of migrants receiving social benefits in Britain.

Review: WebMUN 2015

Delegations from over 45 countries attended this year's three-day Webster Model United Nations at Palais Wenkheim. WebMUN 2015 was opened by Webster University’s Provost Julian Schuster and keynote-speaker H.E. Ambassador Hubert Heiss from the Austrian Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs. Present both at the opening and closing ceremonies were Prof. Dr. Bernd Marin, Webster Vienna's new director and Prof. Dr. Franco Algieri, Head of the International Relations Department. Dennis Heumann, this year’s WebMUN’s Secretary General honored best delegates on the final day.

Webster Model UN 2015 Kicked Off on Saturday

Webster Model United Nations 2015 officially kicked off on October 17! This year’s topic Geopolitics of Resource Scarcity brought over 100 delegates to Palais Wenkheim in Vienna. Designed as simulation in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations and international organizations, the conference gives delegates a first-hand opportunity to experience how it would be to work in international affairs.

Schubert talks Syria on FM4

On his latest interview for Austrian national radio FM4, Dr. Samuel R. Schubert reflected on the recent game-changing events in the Syrian conflict.

According to Schubert, Russian aerial bombardments imply a "greater probability of accidents" with the Western alliance, but they would not induce the United States to alter its overall strategy, i.e. continue to strike ISIS and support moderate anti-Assad rebels.

Schubert, Brutschin, Pollak published for EU Parliament

A study authored by Dr. Schubert, Dr. Brutschin (Webster IR Dept.) and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Pollak (Institute for Advanced Studies and Webster IR Dept.) was published by the European Parliament's Policy Department of the DG for External Policies.

The paper requested by the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade focuses on obstacles for critical raw materials to be traded freely, particularly in relation to restrictive measures on rare earth elements (REE) introduced by China.


WebMUN 2015

WebMUN 2015 - The Geopolitics of Resource Scarcity

In today's globalised economy, resource scarcity is one the biggest threats to both developed and developing nations. Wether oil, gas, coal, water, food or rare earth materials, the world is constantly at threat of resource scarcity, which leads to grave geopolitical consequences. This conference is designed to highlight how nations conduct their foreign policy in pursuit of resources, and to demonstrate to students the importance of understanding these issues. 

European Studies in the Heart of Europe

Continuning a recently established tradition, a Munich International Summer University (MISU) – LMU organized group spent two intense weeks in Vienna (July 13-26, 2015).

Twenty-one students from four continents, with almost everyone studying at a different university, started their European Studies program at Webster. The first stage of their course was offered in cooperation with the International Relations Department.

MISU European Studies at Webster

Our guests from National University of Singapore (picture) left Vienna by the end of last week, after an intense course on the European Union and a cultural program which included a concert at the Musikverein, an extensive Vienna city-center walk, a UN visit and a day-trip to Budapest. Students individually visited sites such as Schönbrunn, Belvedere, the Staatsoper, Kaffehäuser or the Prater. The group distinguished itself by an outstanding degree of motivation and interest, both intellectually and culturally. 

Review: TTIP Panel Discussion at Webster

On June 29th, the Polish, Spanish, and American Embassies, in coordination with Webster University, presented a panel discussion entitled “TTIP: The Search for Facts.” The TTIP, or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is a controversial trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union and United States.


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