International Relations

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.

Michael Klare Speech at Webster Vienna

On June 18, Webster Vienna hosted a presentation by distinguished NYT-bestseller author Michael Klare entitled “Climate, Geography, and Technology- the Changing Parameters of Energy Security.” Klare has written extensively about the changing nature of energy security.

NUS students for Summer School on EU at Webster Vienna

This week the International Relations Department of Webster Vienna hosts UG students from the National University of Singapore for the third part of their European Studies summer school, organized by the Munich International Summer University, Ludwigs-Maximilans-Universität Munich.

TTIP - The Search for Facts

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Vienna,
The Embassy of Spain in Vienna, and
The U.S. Embassy in Vienna

in cooperation with Webster Vienna, Private University

cordially invite you to the panel discussion

TTIP – The Search for Facts


Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Schubert on FM4 to discuss IS and Saudi Arabia


Dr. Samuel Schubert of Webster Vienna was once again invited to speak on Austrian FM4 news program Reality Check, lending his expertise to the newest developments concerning the Islamic State. Islamic State militants have been launching attacks on Shia communities within Saudi Arabia, and this puts Saudi Arabia into a very precarious situation.


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