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...

Democracy under Fire

The attacks against independent media and an upcoming controversial referendum pose serious risks to the future of Turkish democracy, experts told a Vienna audience today at an event examining the role of the OSCE...

“Welcome to the Twilight Zone”

Many of today's conflicts are often blurry and complex. Therefore, the second panel of DASICON 2017 gave an overview over the Ukrainian crisis and discussed its reasons and outlooks. The panelists offered different and...

Fractured Columns in the European Security Architecture

Security experts from around Europe sparred on the meaning and necessity of the OSCE at today’s DASICON panel, “The OSCE in the European Security Architecture.” The spirited debate provided a broad overview of the...
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Damascus: a City Beyond History & Imagination

Syria’s ancient trading capital has seen it all. Recognized by UNESCO in 1979 as one of the world’s oldest cities; it was a key stop on the Silk Road carrying goods between China and...

Spending too much or too little? The two opposite ends of the EU spectrum

The Italian economy is floating among massive unemployment rates, which especially hit the younger generations: an over-all 11.7% unemployment rates, with a 39.2% rate for youth unemployment (Italian National Institute of Statistics). The Italian...