WHAT TOP THINKERS THINK ABOUT DEVELOPMENT

When: 10th December 2018 at 6:00 pm CET / 5:00 pm GMT (check time around the world).

Where: C3 – Centre for International Development, Sensengasse 3, 1090 Vienna

You can join the lecture by:

  • coming to the event in Vienna (registration required – office@oefse.at)
  • following livestreaming from the event at kapuscinskilectures.eu
  • asking your questions to prof. Mary Kaldor via Twitter using #KAPTalks hashtag

We are living through a period of transition, which is characterized by competing conceptions of power and competing ways of doing security. In contrast to the Cold War and indeed the whole period of modernity, the combination of new wars and the war on terror in places like Syria, DRC, or Yemen is undermining many of the norms and laws of war associated with traditional geo-politics – bombing schools and hospitals, long distance assassination, the use of poison as a weapon or beheadings and sexual slavery – and producing large-scale forced displacement.

Against this background, the Kapuscinski Development Lecture with Professor Mary Kaldor will argue that the European Union potentially represents a new form of political authority – a model of global governance in contrast to traditional states like the US, Russia or China. This is illustrated by its security culture as represented by the European Union Global Strategy on foreign and security policy. The Global Strategy aspires to a form of Liberal Peace that is based on human security rather than national security. The evolution of the EU, she will argue, depends to a considerable extent on whether the EU adopts a closed-in traditional inside-outside bordered approach to security or alternatively whether it pursues a global human rights-based approach and is able to respond effectively to its crisis-ridden neighborhood. To this end, the promotion of sustainable development in its economic, social and environmental dimensions will be of vital importance.

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