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.

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 …

Inklusive Bildung für eine demokratische Gesellschaft

Demokratie benötigt Bürger_innen, die über Urteilsvermögen und Handlungskompetenzen in Bezug auf  Gesellschaft und Politik verfügen. Besonders für junge Menschen spielt Bildung dabei eine wichtige Rolle, denn sie beeinflusst ihre Rolle in der Gesellschaft grundlegend. Bildung, die junge Personen unabhängig von deren Staatsbürger_innenschaft und Herkunft fördert, ist ein wichtiger Bestandteil einer demokratischen …

The European Council conclusions on migration: what has really changed?

On 28-29 June the European Council (EC) convened in Brussels to discuss, inter alia, a common solution to the long-standing issue of migration and asylum in Europe. After hours of negotiations, the 28 European leaders reached an agreement, preserving the fragile political equilibrium within the EU. But is there really …

Banning the Hijab in Austria

Christian Democrats in Defense of Religious Freedom It is as if one would fly back in time. In 1995, there was a rare incident in the Austrian Muslim community that attracted unfamiliar public attention. The then-president of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria, Ahmed Abdelrahimsai, called for a mandatory wearing …

Indigenous people in Brazil: Global cooperation and the right to life

Indigenous rights violation can be traced back to the days of Colonialism. Ever since the indigenous people have struggled to exercise their right to life. The current political situation in Brazil, under the interim president Temer and his mishandling of environmental issues and needs of indigenous people, emphasises the importance …