Interventions, state building and the future of European foreign policy

The European Stability Initiative and ERSTE Foundation invite to a public debate:
26 November 2010, 3 pm
Haus der Musik, Seilerstätte 30, 1010 Vienna

The last two decades have been the age of humanitarian intervention, of regime change and hugely ambitious state building efforts. From Bosnia to Kosovo, from Afghanistan to Iraq, nation states and international organisations have intervened by military force to change institutions, topple regimes and reshape societies.

What have we learned? What worked? Is this the dawn of a new era, in which a “responsibility to protect” overrides traditional state sovereignty? Or is the age of liberal imperialism, which begun in the mountains of the Balkans in the 1990s, coming to an end in Afghanistan, the graveyard of Empires? What does this generational experience mean for the EU?

Is there an emerging future vision for a proactive European common foreign and security policy? Is there going to be a European approach to interventions, as new institutions are being established following the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty?

Introduction and moderation:
Gerald Knaus, Chairman ESI; Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School/Harvard

On the panel:
Minna Järvenpää, Head of Analysis and Planning in the UNAMA mission, Afghanistan
Miroslav Laj?ák, Foreign Minister of Slovakia
Rory Stewart, Member of the House of Commons (UK), author of The Places in between (on his walk across Afghanistan) and The Prince of the Marshes (on his time as Deputy Governor of Amarah in Southern Iraq)

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