The Russo-Ukrainian War One Year On

Debating Europe: The Military Situation and its Political Implications


Debating Europe

A year after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Debating Europe series brings together four leading experts to examine to what degree the Russo-Ukrainian War is shifting the geo-political landscape. Although Eastern Ukraine amounts to a small patch of the world’s landmass, the war on this territory has had consequences reaching into every corner of the world. Most commentators agree that this conflict will last many more months if not years. In this debate, our eminent guests will discuss whether there is a military or political end in sight to the conflict; whether it is yet possible to define the contours of an end to the war; whether an escalation remains a possibility; and in what respect this war is reordering geo-politics now and in the future.


Michael Clarke – Fellow at King’s College London

Mischa Gabowitsch – historian and sociologist, Fellow at the IWM and at RECET, University of Vienna

Ursula Plassnik – former Austrian Foreign Minister

Nathalie Tocci – Director of the Institute of International Affairs in Rome and Europe’s Future Fellow at the IWM

Olga Tokariuk – Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Analysis

Chaired by: Misha Glenny – Rector of the IWM

The discussion will be held in English.

Tickets and more information: Europa im Diskurs – Debating Europe | Burgtheater

Debating Europe – Europa im Diskurs

This series of public morning debates brings leading politicians, scientists and intellectuals on to the stage of Vienna’s Burgtheater to discuss topical issues of political and social relevance. This long-standing event is a collaborative production of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM)BurgtheaterERSTE Foundation and Austrian daily Der Standard.

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Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.