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In his new Brookings Marshall Paper, Michael E. O’Hanlon argues that it is time for Western nations to negotiate a new security architecture for neutral countries in Eastern Europe, in order to stabilize the region and reduce the risks of war with Russia.

Can neutrality be a sustainable conceptual option for the future?

This seminar will discuss neutrality and whether the Austrian model could be an alternative for East-Central Europe. In its neutrality law of 1955, Austria agreed on not joining a military alliance and not to allowing any foreign military bases on its territory. In addition to neutrality, a State Treaty guaranteed that Austria would not join a new union with Germany, as in 1938 (Anschluss). A prohibition for Ukraine, or parts of it, to join a union together with neutrality could guarantee the unity of Ukraine.

P. Terrence Hopmann (Conflict Management at Johns Hopkins University SAIS)
Michael E. O’Hanlon (Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution)
Heinz Gaertner (Fellow at CTR, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, University of Vienna)
Mykola Vorobiov (Fellow at CTR, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Ukraine)

Daniel Hamilton (Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS)

This seminar is part of an Austrian Lecture Series jointly organized by the Embassy of Austria, the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and other partners on the occasion of the 180th anniversary of the U.S.-Austrian diplomatic relations, the Commemorative Year 2018 (including the centenary of the founding of the Republic of Austria) and the Austrian presidency of the European Union 2018.


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