Snapshots: Austrian Marshall Plan symposium at Webster for 1st time

| June 17, 2015
Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation at Webster Vienna

U.S. Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner presented Marshall Plan Fellowships to a number of Austrian students to be studying in America, and American students currently studying in Austria.

Marshall Plan Foundation symposium at Webster Vienna

In the atrium at Webster Vienna, the event’s panel discussion covered several aspects of the Ukrainian crisis.

For the first time, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation held its annual symposium at Webster University’s Vienna campus, where thought leaders discussed the significance of transatlantic relations in general and current issues in particular.

Marc Bittner began the June 10 event discussing a survey conducted in Austria, indicating that while support for increased cooperation with the United States is strong in certain sectors, Austrians remains skeptical about increased economic and security cooperation. The survey also revealed a trend of fear for the effects of the upcoming TPP agreement.

Taras Kuzio, of the University of Alberta and SAIS, continued with a lecture about the Ukrainian crisis.

The symposium then moved towards a more conversational format, in which Wolfgang Petritsch, president of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, and Webster Vienna faculty Elina Brutschin and  Michael Freund (as moderator) joined Kuzio to discuss the prospects for the Ukrainian conflict.

Following the conversation, United States Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner arrived and spoke about the continuing significance of the Marshall Plan. She presented Marshall Plan Fellowships to a number of Austrian students to be studying in America, and American students currently studying in Austria.

Read more about their discussions and see more photos in this Webster Vienna post.

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