What are Austria’s foreign policy interests, and how are they pursued? Is there a “distinguishing feature” of Austrian foreign policy? If so, how is it defined?
Ambassador Franz Cede and Ambassador Christian Prosl will deliver the lecture "Austrian-American Relations in a Period of Turmoil" at the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC, on October 11, 2017. The lecture will cover the following topics: "Austrian/European - US relations", "EU future after Brexit" as well as " Immigration and Integration - A European Perspective". The speakers will be pleased to answer questions from the public after their presentation.
The lecture is based on their co-authored book “Ambition and Reality. Austria’s Foreign Policy since 1945”, which describes the most important themes of the Second Republic’s foreign policy, and provides insight into diplomatic practice. It delivers an overview of the developments of the past decades—from the re-establishment of the Foreign Service and Austria’s role in the Cold War to the changes that have taken place since EU accession. The book sheds light on Austria’s relations with its direct neighbouring states, the ambivalent relationship with the USA and the effects of the collapse of the USSR.
Ambassador Cede and Ambassador Prosl have written the book based on their many years of experience in the diplomatic service, and aim to contribute to a better understanding of the country’s position in an international context with their analysis. They do not just direct their gaze into the past, but also into the present and future of Austrian foreign policy, and consider above all the fundamental changes that took place at the beginning of the 21st century—changes that have set completely new challenges for Austria.
Photo left to right: Franz Cede (c) NATO | Christian Prosl (c) Wilke