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Cosying Up to the Iranians

Cosying Up to the Iranians

Iran has been dominating the news since the recent deal with western states, in which the Iranians agreed to limit their nuclear programme in exchange for reduced sanctions. But another side to Iran’s relationship to the West – its ties with Austria – has remained relatively invisible. This fall, Tehran became a hotspot for Austrian […]

Golan Heights Withdrawal

Golan Heights Withdrawal

    Due to Popular Pressure, 16 June by Stephan Löwenstein The decision by the Austrian government to withdraw the approximately 380 soldiers of the armed forces from the UN mission in the Golan Heights has initially been received   positively at home. The man in the street applauded. […] Only a handful of commentators […]

Book Review: The Future of Power, by Joseph Nye

Being Powerful… And Smart Political scientist Joseph S. Nye isn’t easy to categorise, falling somewhere along the wide stretch between “raw” realism and “idealist” liberalism. So Nye calls himself a “liberal realist”, and in his 2011 book The Future of Power, he moves on from the concept of “soft power” he coined in his 1990 […]

Book Review: Wolfgang Mueller’s A Good Example of Peaceful Coexistence

The Pitfalls of Coexistence How would you characterise the relationship between Austria and the Soviet Union from the signing of the Austrian State Treaty in 1955 to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991? Based on newly declassified archival sources from the Soviet era in Russia and on varied Austrian archival materials, author Wolfgang […]

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