Monday, November 4, 2013

UNO Foreign Policy Journal Celebrates 22 Years

UNo foreign Policy Journal Celebrates 22 yearsLast week, UNO historian and director of Center Austria Gunter Bischof presented at the venerable old Austrian Diplomatic Academy in Vienna the latest issue of Contemporary Austrian Studies, an Austrian foreign policy journal jointly edited by the University of New Orleans and University of Innsbruck. Five panelists then jointly addressed the publication’s theme “Austria’s International Position after the End of Cold War.” (From left to right): Eugene Tuttle (Counselor US Embassy 1991-1994), Guenter Bischof, Ambassador Hans Winkler (Director, Diplomatic Academy), Professor Arnold Suppan (Austrian Academy), Professor Andreas Resch (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration), Eric Frey (Der Standard & Webster University).

A University of New Orleans historian travelled to Austria last week to present an annual publication on Austrian foreign policy at the venerable old Austrian Diplomatic Academy in Vienna.

"This is a journal that we have been editing between the University of New Orleans and the University of Innsbruck for 22 years," said Gunter Bischof, who founded the publication Contemporary Austrian Studies.

"It assesses Austrian foreign policy of the last 20 years, which in many ways represents European-American relations because many of the issues of the post-Cold War Era where Austria was involved were larger issues in European-American relations as well."

Contemporary Austrian Studies is an annual publication published jointly by University of Innsbruck and University of New Orleans. The University of Innsbruck prints the foreign policy journal for the European Market and UNO "prints the volumes for the world, so to speak," said Bischof.

Last Monday, Bischof presented Contemporary Austrian Studies, Vol. 22 at the Austrian Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. Bischof, who is co-editor of the journal, authored a long essay in the current issue, entitled Austria's International Position after the End of the Cold War. He was joined by four Austrian policy wonks for an engaging panel discussion surrounding Austria's international position after the end of the Cold War, the theme of this volume.

Joining Bischof on the panel were: U.S. diplomat Eugene Tuttle, who served as counselor to the U.S. Embassy in Austria from 1991 to 1994; Ambassador Hans Winkler, director of the Diplomatic Academy; Austrian Academy Professor Arnold Suppan; University of Vienna Economics and Business Administration Professor Andreas Resch and prominent journalist Eric Frey, who writes for Der Standard newspaper and teaches at Webster University.

The journal officially addresses contemporary Austrian relations from an Austrian perspective - and yet the foreign policy publication paints a portrait of ongoing major issues impacting the European-American relationship, including the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Bischof.

"It appears every year and we are already hard at work at Volume 23 which will be on the origins of World War I, 1914," said Bischof.

The UNO historian serves as director of Center Austria, the University of New Orleans' research and intellectual discourse hub on all things Austria.


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