Authoritarianism On The Rise: A New Global Competitor For Democracy

POLITICAL SYMPOSIUM in collaboration with EUROPEAN FORUM ALPBACH 2015

31.08.2015, 13:30-16:00, Alpbach HAUPTSCHULE

In Eastern And South Eastern Europe, In The Caucasus, In Asia And In Latin America, We Are Witnessing The Resurgence Of Authoritarian Regimes, Be They “Old-Fashioned” Ones Adjusting To Global Circumstances Or Newly Emerging Forms Of Such Governments. Authoritarian Rule Seems To Be Attractive, Flexible And Adaptable; It Challenges Democracy And Its Values. What Makes Contemporary Authoritarianism Attractive To Citizens? How And Where Is It Challenging Democracy, Globally And In Specific Regional Settings Like The Ukraine-Russia-Nexus, Southeastern Europe, Turkey Or Asia (Singapore, China)?

– NICHOLAS DUNGAN

SENIOR FELLOW, PROGRAMME ON TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS, ATLANTIC COUNCIL, WASHINGTON, D.C.; SENIOR ADVISOR, IRIS – INSTITUT DE RELATIONS INTERNTIONALES ET STRATÉGIQUES, PARIS; ADJUNCT FACULTY, COLLÈGE UNIVERSITAIRE, SCIENCES PO, PARIS

– CHRISTIAN GOEBEL

PROFESSOR OF CHINESE STUDIES, DEPARTMENT OF EAST ASIAN STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

– BIHTER SOMERSAN

PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND GENDER STUDIES, BEYKENT UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL

– JORDI VAQUER

REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR EUROPE, OSF – OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS, AND DIRECTOR, OSIFE – OPEN SOCIETY INITIATIVE FOR EUROPE, BARCELONA

– VEDRAN DZIHIC

DIRECTOR, CAS SEE UNIVERSITY OF RIJEKA

SENIOR RESEARCHER, OIIP – AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, VIENNA