Lunch Talks: Alexander Smith and Manfred Kohler

When: April 14, 2010, 12.30pm
Where: UNO Lakefront Campus, Liberal Arts Lounge

Alexander Smith
Austrian Ministry of Science Fellow at the University of New Orleans, and doctoral student in international relations and economic history at the University of Innsbruck

Values and Imperatives: EU's Foreign Energy Policies between Ethics and Interests

Manfred Kohler
Doctoral Candidate at the University of Innsbruck's Department of Political Science, and Nick Mueller Fellow at Center Austria at the University of New Orleans.

The Historic Battle for Civic Ideals in the United States? Which Ideals Prevail in Today's America?

 

Alexander Smith
Values and Imperatives: EU's Foreign Energy Policies between Ethics and Interests

The promotion of human rights and democracy represents a major foreign policy objective of the European Union. However, any value-based policy experiences decisive limits when it comes to fundamental interests regarding economic and security issues of prime importance. This is especially true for the trade in strategic goods. The diffusion of European norms and values by Brussels to its primary suppliers of oil and natural gas thus constitutes a great challenge.

Manfred Kohler
The Historic Battle for Civic Ideals in the United States? Which Ideals Prevail in Today's America?

The United States has been widely known as a melting pot, where political leaders, by word and legal documents, have spread the common civic ideals of liberal individual human rights and democracy with values of equality. However, political imperatives have sometimes led them to endorse more ascriptive, if not, racial views among the people of the United States. This leads to the question of how Americans today relate to the United States. Are they attached to a common nation or do they perceive themselves as distinct cultures in a “disunited” nation state?