In uncertain terms: How current narratives influence refugee integration

Strewn across the front page of newspapers and littered on News Feeds, Austria’s recent ban of the full-face veil in public places has been a hot topic for debate. Yet, Natalie Herold from the...

The Team

An Afterthought on Fidel Castro

Havana, Cuba. December 31st, 1960. Celebrations were quieter since the revolution. Whether out of exhaustion or fear, Clara and Eduardo insisted on welcoming the New Year without mentioning politics. The young couple ran through...

From Destroyer to Savior: Unweaving Assad’s Tale

In the seventh year of the war in Syria Bashar al-Assad is still the main figure. His strategies and allies kept him on the throne. His dangerous narrative made even rivals changed their attitude...

Western Dogma

Neoliberalism does not technically adhere to sacred texts, but it is devoted to certain arbitrary laws and alleged unyielding truths readily comparable to religious dogma. The ideology has attained genuine, even hegemonic adherence in Western society. Neoliberalism has...

A Battle for the Soul of Europe

Representatives at the "Religions for a New Europe" conference believe Europe is facing a daunting crisis in the history of integration – one that needs the support of religious leaders if its democratic traditions are...

OSCE: Challenge of a security regime based on unknowns

Cyber warefare has become a hot topic in the international community. What sounds like from a Sci-Fi movie, has become a realitstic scenario nowadays. The panel offered a very lively debate on cyber security, the...

Panel 4: Understanding Terrorism and its Prevention

With a topic as hard to discuss as preventing and countering violence that leads to radicalized terrorism, the fourth panel was keen to stay in its comfort zone. Moderated by plus 4 news director...

Law and Morality in the Crimean Crisis

Speaking about the Crimean crisis in 2014, some refer to it as an annexation while others prefer to call it a reunification. At first sight it seems that every legal problem can be solved...

More democracy than ever before?

The DASICON conference of the Diplomatische Akademie opened the afternoon session with a panel of practitioners and academic experts on the topic “Shrinking Democratic Space” in Europe, in the wake of rising nationalist and...