CPD Policy Blog

CPD Policy Blog

Linking academia and policy. Contributing to social progress. Enabling sustainable politics. Connecting the dots. Thinking ahead.
The CPD Policy Blog creates a bridge between science and politics, thus relating the enlightening potential of science to the field of political practice.
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.
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.
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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.

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 …

Historie, kollektive Identitäten und Erinnerung: Interview mit Jürgen Pirker

Jürgen Pirker erforscht das Wechselspiel von Historie, kollektiven Identitäten und Erinnerung. Im Interview erläutert er die Auswirkungen von Narrativen in der zivilen Konfliktbearbeitung. Er nimmt auch Bezug auf seine jüngste Publikation, “Geschichte(n) im Konflikt: Zu Wechselwirkungen von Geschichten, Recht und Politik”, die sich mit dem Streit um zweisprachige Ortstafeln in der Kärntner Volksgruppenfrage befasst.

Der Nahe Osten am Scheideweg, Türkei: Interview mit Udo Steinbach

Der deutsche Islamwissenschaftler Experte Udo Steinbach leitet seit 2015 das Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform/Governance Centers Middle East – North Africa. Im Interview stellt er Prognosen für die politische Zukunft der Türkei zur Verfügung und zeigt Handlungsperspektiven für die europäische Außenpolitik im Umgang mit der Türkei auf.

Konfliktbearbeitung Israel & Palästina – Interview mit Gudrun Kramer

Gudrun Kramer ist Direktorin des österreichischen Studienzentrum für Frieden und Konfliktlösung (ASPR). Im Interview gibt sie Einblicke in ihre Expertise und Erfahrungen mit der Konfliktbearbeitung in Israel und Palästina. Sie spricht über das Interdependenz Prinzip in der Konfliktarbeit und über die Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten zukünftiger Dialoge zwischen Israelis und Palästinenser.

UNMIL – Can multidimensional and inclusivist concepts determine sustainable peace?

Looking at the closure of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the newly elected president George Weah, who pledges 25 percent of his salary to a development fund, Liberia enters a new era. The withdrawal of the UN raises the question, if the country is ready to …