CPD Policy Blog

CPD Policy Blog

Linking academia and policy. Contributing to social progress. Enabling sustainable politics. Connecting the dots. Thinking ahead.
Vision
The CPD Policy Blog creates a bridge between science and politics, thus relating the enlightening potential of science to the field of political practice.
Cooperation
The CPD Policy Blog is a project of the Austrian Conflict, Peace and Democracy Cluster (CPDC) and is supported by the University of Graz, IKF, Demokratiezentrum Wien, ASPR, ZFF as well as Shabka.
Research
Peace and conflict research deals with violence and violent conflicts in the broadest sense. It thus seeks to formulate strategies to overcome these forms of violence in the short, medium and long term.
CPD Cluster
The CPD Cluster seeks to bundle the competence existing in Austria in the areas of conflict, peace & democracy. It thus contributes to the peaceful, non-violent and non-discriminatory development of society.

25 Years of the „Clash of Civilizations“

Europe’s ongoing Muslim immigration debate through the prism of Samuel Huntington’s Theory “Clash of Civilizations” – Theory Ever since the publication of Samuel Huntington’s article “The Clash of Civilizations?” in the Journal of Foreign Affairs in 1993, it has stirred considerable debate. Fast-forward twenty-five years later to today, Europe is …

China’s Emergence as a Peacebuilding Actor: from ‚Peaceful Development‘ to ‚Developmental Peace‘?

China’s increasing engagement with conflict and post-conflict societies has already attracted significant attention from international observers, particularly as it emerged as a major contributor to peacekeeping missions in the 00s (covered, for example, in this Saferworld report and a special issue of International Peacekeeping). One of the earliest patterns established by Chinese PKO …

Mit oder gegen Klimawandel handeln? Vom Versagen der neoklassischen Umweltökonomie und deren Instrumente

Entgegen der Hoffnungen, über marktbasierte Instrumente die Klimakrise lösen zu können, ist nach zwanzig Jahren neoklassischer Umweltökonomie und -politik eine ernüchternde Bilanz zu ziehen. Nicht nur haben derartige Ansätze nichts bewirkt, sondern im Gegenteil zu einer Beschleunigung kapitalistischer Einhegung und Inwertsetzung von Natur beigetragen. Zudem werden die rezenten Maßnahmen zunehmend …

“Bad Hombres” and Such: Migration, Race, and the US

Everyone knows it: The US has a race problem. Despite legal advances historically, there remains a persistent racial dichotomy in US society: whiteness is still perceived as more legitimate, while people of color are systematically treated (de facto) as second-class citizens. Racial rhetoric related to immigration adds a layer that …

Das neue Nationalstaatsgesetz Israels: Wem gehört Israel nun?

Auf diese Frage hat der Knesset Mitte Juli dieses Jahres in Form eines Nationalstaatsgesetzes eine klare Antwort geliefert. Sie lautet: Israel gehört dem jüdischen Volk, und zwar alleine. Mit diesem Gesetz wurde natürlich der anhaltende Kulturkampf im Land intensiviert. Die rechten politischen Kräfte in Israel jubelten, während viele Israelis das …

Chantal Mouffe und die FPÖ

Im Kontext zeitgenössischer Debatten um westliche Demokratien gehört Chantal Mouffe zu den wohl profiliertesten Denker*innen. Doch wie steht es um die Anwendungsmöglichkeit bzw. das Erklärungspotential ihrer Theorie? Der folgende Beitrag betrachtet die politische Strategie des 2008 gestorbenen, österreichischen FPÖ-Politikers Jörg Haider sowie den Erfolg der FPÖ bei der Nationalratswahl 2017 …

Liberalism and Democracy: Shaping Egypt’s Political Future

In Western and Middle Eastern relations, Egypt has long played a vital role as a mediator between the two worlds. When the wave of revolutions started in 2011, liberalism and democracy set the focus for future political developments. However, it is often forgotten that both concepts were established under Western …

Who can and who wants to become Austrian? Austrian naturalization politics as a challenge for democracy

There is a growing difference between those who can vote in Austrian elections and those who are affected by decisions of Austrian politics. This difference is a consequence of international migration, but in essence politically constructed: Via restrictive citizenship and electoral policies, there is a mismatch between the obstacles to …