What are Austria’s foreign policy interests, and how are they pursued? Is there a “distinguishing feature” of Austrian foreign policy? If so, how is it defined?

Ambassador Franz Cede and Ambassador Christian Prosl will deliver the lecture "Austrian-American Relations in a Period of Turmoil" at the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC, on October 11, 2017. The lecture will cover the following topics: "Austrian/European - US relations", "EU future after Brexit" as well as " Immigration and Integration - A European Perspective". The speakers will be pleased to answer questions from the public after their presentation.

The lecture is based on their co-authored book “Ambition and Reality. Austria’s Foreign Policy since 1945”, which describes the most important themes of the Second Republic’s foreign policy, and provides insight into diplomatic practice. It delivers an overview of the developments of the past decades—from the re-establishment of the Foreign Service and Austria’s role in the Cold War to the changes that have taken place since EU accession. The book sheds light on Austria’s relations with its direct neighbouring states, the ambivalent relationship with the USA and the effects of the collapse of the USSR.

Ambassador Cede and Ambassador Prosl have written the book based on their many years of experience in the diplomatic service, and aim to contribute to a better understanding of the country’s position in an international context with their analysis. They do not just direct their gaze into the past, but also into the present and future of Austrian foreign policy, and consider above all the fundamental changes that took place at the beginning of the 21st century—changes that have set completely new challenges for Austria.

Additionally, Ambassador Franz Cede and Ambassador Christian Prosl will give the lecture “The European Union - Challenges and Chances; A View from Austria” at the Georgetown University on October 12, 2017.

When:   Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Where:  Georgetown University, Department of History – Conference Room ICC 662 | 37th St NW & O St NW, Washington, DC 20057
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Franz Cede
After finishing his law studies in Innsbruck and further studies in Paris, Bologna and Washington (Master of Arts), Ambassador Franz Cede was admitted to the Austrian Foreign Ministry in 1972. In his diplomatic career Cede first worked at the Austrian embassies in Paris and Rabat. He was later appointed ambassador to Zaire (Congo), General Consul in Los Angeles, ambassador to Russia and in Brussels where he was Austrian ambassador to Belgium and to NATO. In Vienna, Ambassador Cede was assigned to the International Law Office of the Foreign Ministry. He was Director of the International Law Office from 1993 to 1999. Ambassador Cede is the author and editor of numerous publications in the fields of international law, European law and international relations. He taught at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and the Andrássy University in Budapest and is presently teaching at Webster University in Vienna.

Ambassador Christian Prosl
After completing his studies in law and French in Vienna and post-graduate studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Ambassador Christian Prosl worked with the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Burkina Faso and Rwanda from 1973 to 1977. In 1977 he joined the Foreign Ministry and was assigned to the embassies in London and Washington, followed by an assignment as Head of the Secretary General’s Coordination Office in the Foreign Ministry in Vienna. From 1991 to 1995 he served as Consul General in Los Angeles. Back in Vienna, he was appointed Head of the Department for Western and Northern Europe and acted as Head of the Leg­al and Consular Section from 1998 to 2002. From 2003 to 2009 he served as Austrian ambassador in Ber­lin, followed by an assignment as Ambassador to the US until 2011. He retired in December 2011. Since 2012 he has been the president of the Austrian Cultural Association.