Foundation series

IWM Strategic Partnership Initiative with ERSTE Foundation –

Throughout September, eight leading experts will present their work in three public debates as part of the fifth group of Europe’s Future Fellows.

As the IWM explained, resilience can mean both the will to resist pain and the ability to bounce back and transform. Putin is capitalizing on the EU’s low threshold of endurance of pain in the context of the war in Ukraine, whether to bear the energy and economic costs of the war, or to accept long-term refugees. Rather than turning crises into obstacles to integration, the EU relies on its inherent DNA, as the IWM has pointed out. Therefore, with Europe’s Futures – Ideas for Action, IWM and the ERSTE Foundation want to answer the question: As the war in Ukraine continues, which interpretation of resilience is most likely to prevail?

The event will be moderated by Ivan Vejvoda, permanent member and head of the Europe’s Futures program and an answer to this important question will be presented by Nathalie Tocci.

According to IWM, in addition to being director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali and visiting professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Nathalie Tocci is an honorary professor at the University of Tübingen as well as an honorary professor at the University of Tübingen. Previously, she was special adviser to Josep Borrell, Vice-President and High Representative of the EU. She worked on the implementation of the European Global Strategy as Special Advisor to HRVP Federica Mogherini. Since May 2020 she has been a member of Eni’s Board of Directors.

Tocci’s previous research positions were at the Center for European Policy Studies in Brussels, the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, and the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies in Florence. Middle East and Mediterranean politics, conflict resolution and European foreign policy are among his research interests.

The Future of Europe – Ideas for Action Initiative

Europe’s Futures is a strategic partnership initiative of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) and the ERSTE Foundation that addresses pressing political, social and economic issues related to the future of the European Union.

As described on its website, it is an undertaking based on extensive research, concrete policy proposals and encounters with state and civil society actors, public opinion and the media. With Vienna as a particular location for European engagement, Europe’s Futures is one of a series of similar projects underway at sister institutions across Europe. A larger group of actors will be brought in to discuss the problems to be solved.

According to Europe’s Futures, as the project evolves, the initiative will create a platform of voices presenting ideas. Whose objective is to reinforce and project a vision and a reality of Europe which, at the same time, recognizes the individualities of the Member States but underlines that in today’s world, only a united Europe can face existing and future challenges.

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