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.
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.
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.
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.
Webster IR faculty Samuel R. Schubert was invited to talk at Austrian national radio station FM4´s “Reality Check”. The interview about cultural heritage destructions by ISIS was broadcasted nationwide on February 27, 2015.