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25 Jahre Europaforum

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Weekly News Update of the AIES

Weekly News Update (29.11.21)
+++ COVID-19 government country restrictions +++ Lockdown measures +++ vaccination rates +++ Omicron variant


Latest Publications

Arms Control

Wolfgang Richter: A Framework for Arms Control – Current Status of and Requirements for Conventional Arms Control in Europe, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Austria Institut für Europa- und Sicherheitspolitik (AIES), Berlin/Vienna 2021


AUKUS: Resetting European Thinking on the Indo-Pacific? Edited by Niklas Swanström & Jagannath Panda, Special Paper October 2021, Institute for Security & Development Policy. With a contribution by Velina Tchakarova.

European Security Put to the Test

Prof. Dr. Klemens H. Fischer (Hrsg.): European Security Put to the Test – Perspectives and Challenges for the Next Decade,  Nomos, 2021, 222 Seiten, broschiert, ISBN 978-3-8487-8558-2.

Can Japan Take Forward the B3W Initiative Ahead?

Jagannath Panda: Can Japan Take Forward the B3W Initiative Ahead? AIES Fokus 15/2021

Learning Truth from Facts: Britain’s evolving relations with the PRC

Matthew M M Henderson: Learning Truth from Facts: Britain's evolving relations with the PRC. AIES Fokus 14/2021

China's Engagement in Central and Eastern European Countries

AIES (eds.): China's Engagement in Central and Eastern European Countries, AIES Study 2021

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Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy

For over 25 years (est. 1996), the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) is researching on various issues regarding the European Union and the European Integration Process.

In doing so, the focus lies on European Security and Defence Policy with regards to the European Neighbourhood Policy, transatlantic relations as well as the Austrian Foreign-, European and Security Policy.

The AIES is not only doing research on these subject areas, but also provides demand-oriented analysis and recommendations for contract partners. It is also organizing internal workshops, training courses and public discussions. In the course of this interdisciplinary work the AIES team of experts is using a network of research, political, economic, social and military institutions, facilities of the civil society, the media as well as international organisations.

AIES Profile

Relations between China & Europe

China has imposed retaliatory sanctions on 10 individuals & 4 institutions in Europe. We represent over 30 directors of European research institutions concerned that this targeting undermines mutual understanding between China & Europe.



The impact of the Dragonbear on global and European affairs?

02.12.21   CDI Talks, Episode 12, with Velina Tchakarova

What is the impact of the Dragonbear (China and Russia) on the global and European affairs? Anton Shekhovtsov discusses this issue with Velina Tchakarova, director of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy.

Security Challenges at the Horn of Africa

24.11.21   AIES Talk with Zakariye Haji Abdi

AIES President Dr. Werner Fasslabend discusses the topic of Security Challenges at the Horn of Africa together with Zakariye Haji Abdi, former Somali Minister for Information, Education, and Foreign Affairs.

India and its Role in the Global Order

24.11.21   Velina's Talk with Vikram Sood

Vikram Sood is the former head of India's foreign intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), and an advisor to the Observer Research Foundation, an independent public policy think tank in New Delhi. Sood was an officer of the Indian Postal Service (IPoS) before he joined the intelligence organisation R&AW and later served as its spymaster from 2000 to 2003. He retired as a career intelligence officer with 31 years of service on 31 March 2003. He trained under the mentorship of B. Raman and interviewed by Gentleman R.N Kao. He is the author of the book The Unending Game: A Former R&AW Chief's Insights into Espionage published in 2018, which according to Sood is not a memoir but a beginner's guide to intelligence and espionage. In this episode in cooperation with Bharatvaarta, Velina Tchakarova speaks to him on his take about the current state of global geopolitics.

Activities, Articles & Podcasts

The EU realizes it can't rely on America for protection

Statement by Velina Tchakarova

20.11.2021 / CNN

Geopolitical Europe: How to navigate in the Indo-Pacific Decade?

By Velina Tchakarova

19.11.2021 /

Libya is taking baby steps in the right direction

By Wolfgang Pusztai

30.10.2021 /

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Is the West prepared for War?

Politics on Point – The AIES Podcast Episode 15 / Special Series on US-Europe Relations / 27.08.21

AIES Podcast

In the final episode of the special series on US-Europe relations, AIES Director Velina Tchakarova talked to Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs at the Heritage Foundation, about the prospects of and the West's preparedness for a next Great War.

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