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In our "Politics on Point" AIES Podcast series, we shed a light on global affairs and the most pressing political issues of our time. From unfolding events to long-term trends and our most recent publications, we aim to bring the world a step closer to our audience, one podcast at a time.


27.08.21 / Episode 15 / Special Series on US-Europe Relations

Is the West prepared for War?

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.


20.08.21 / Episode 14 / Special Series on US-Europe Relations

Emerging Threats to US and EU Security

In the sixth episode of the special series on US-Europe relations, AIES Deputy Director Michael Zinkanell talked to Richard Fontaine, CEO of the Center for a New American Security, about the broad spectrum of emerging threats to US and EU security and how the transatlantic community could become more resilient going forward.


30.07.21 / Episode 13 / Special Series on US-Europe Relations

The US View on European Defence

In the fifth episode of the special series on US-EU relations, AIES Senior Research Fellow Sofia-Maria Satanakis talked to Benjamin Haddad, Director of the Europe Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C., about the US perspective on European defence efforts and integration.


23.07.21 / Episode 12 / Special Series on US-Europe Relations

The Global Order

In the fourth episode of the special series on US-Europe relations, AIES Director Velina Tchakarova talked to Dr. Andrew A. Michta, Dean of the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, about the global order and transatlantic cooperation in the face of challenges posed by China and Russia.


15.07.21 / Episode 11 / Special Series on US-Europe Relations

The Importance of US-EU Climate Diplomacy

In the third episode of the special series on US-Europe relations, AIES project manager Katrin Süss talks to Nathaniel O. Keohane, President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), about Climate Diplomacy and the role that the US and Europe have to play in the international effort against climate change.


01.07.21 / Episode 10 / Special Series on US-Europe Relations

The Future of NATO

In the second episode of the special series on US-Europe relations, Christoph Schwarz, Research Fellow at the AIES, talks to Rachel Rizzo, Director of Programs at the Truman Center, on how NATO is living up to the internal and external challenges that the Alliance is facing in the 21st century.


24.06.21 / Episode 09 / Special Series on US-Europe Relations

Biden's First 100 Days

In the first episode of the special series on US-Europe relations, AIES president Dr. Werner Fasslabend is in a conversation with the author, professor, and scholar Stanley R. Sloan about the first hundred days of the Biden administration. Sloan, expert on transatlantic relations and US foreign policy, shares his insights about the possible implications of President Joe Biden for the US, Europe, and the world at large.


13.05.21 / Episode 08

Cyber-Security Exercises

In this episode, Julia Schuetze and Rebecca Beigel from the Berlin-based think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV) join AIES deputy director Michael Zinkanell in a discussion about the relevance and benefits of cyber-security exercises in effectively countering threats in this domain.


10.05.21 / Episode 07

The Shift in Turkey’s Foreign Policy

In the seventh episode of the AIES Politics on Point Podcast, AIES Senior Research Fellow Sofia-Maria Satanakis and AIES Project Coordinator Katrin Süss share their findings about the shift in Turkey's Foreign Policy based on their recent publication on this matter.


08.04.21 / Episode 06 / Pt. 2

EU Trends in 2021 – Recovery from COVID-19 pandemic

In the second of two episodes about EU trends in 2021, AIES experts Katrin Süss, Sofia-Maria Satanakis, and Christoph Schwarz explore the EU's recovery from Covid-19, European security and defence, as well as the developments in global and European space affairs.


16.03.21 / Episode 05 / Pt. 1

EU Trends in 2021 – In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

In the first of two episodes about EU trends in 2021, AIES experts Velina Tchakarova, Michael Zinkanell, and Livia Benko explore the geopolitical macro-developments, European integration in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the regional stability in and around Europe.


17.11.20 / Episode 04

Online Disinformation – A Threat to Democracy

In the fourth episode of the AIES podcast Politics on Point, AIES expert Michael Zinkanell shares his knowledge on the strategies, goals, and consequences of online disinformation campaigns. He furthermore discusses what we as a democratic society can do, in order to become more resilient in the face of deliberate attacks on the legitimacy and trust in our institutions.


01.10.20 / Episode 03

Global System Outlook

In the third episode of the AIES Podcast, Velina Tchakarova, Head of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, shares her insights on the underlying transformative processes and changing power structures in the Global System, discussing the trends that will shape the next decade in international relations.


04.08.20 / Episode 02

Austria-China Relations during Covid-19

While the Covid-19 crisis has not induced a restructuring of Sino-Austrian relations, it might intensify Austria's European engagement regarding China. Austria might hence be impelled to continue on a national level its policy of neutrality and non-confrontational approach towards China but increase its engagement on a European level. Sofia-Maria Satanakis, Research Fellow at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, and Lucas Erlbacher discuss the state of the Austria-China relation during the Covid-19 crisis. Lucas Erlbacher is the author of the Austrian Chapter in the Special Report 'Covid-19 and Europe-China Relations' by the European Think-Tank Network on China (ETNC).


15.07.20 / Episode 01

The Increasing Militariziation of Space

Sofia-Maria Satanakis, Research Fellow at the Austria Institute for European and Security Policy, talks with AIES Intern and co-author of the AIES Fokus Paper "Space Race 2.0 - Renewed Great Power Competition in the Earth's Orbit", Christoph Schwarz, about the increasing militarization of outer space. Also, Sebastien Moranta from the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) joins the conversation to provide a deeper insight about military space activities at EU level.