Lecture on Global Politics by Karin Kneissl

Lecture on Global Politics by Karin Kneissl

9 December 2019

December 9th, in the framework of the Sochi Dialogue, a Russian-Austrian civil societies forum, the former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl came to MGIMO. The event was attended by faculty members and students of MGIMO and other Moscow universities. The working language of the meeting was German.

Before delivering her lecture, K. Kneissl had a meeting with different representatives of the University, including the Head of the International Office, E. Andreev, the Head of the Department of Language Training and the Bologna Process S. Evteev and the Head of the German Language Department M. Chigasheva. The sides reviewed the different opportunities to cooperate on the basis of the Sochi Dialogue Russian-Austrian civil societies forum.

Then, K. Kneissl gave a talk on the role of global politics, based on the example of relations between Russia, China and Europe. The audience was interested by the report and asked many questions about a myriad of international topics. The guests remarked upon the excellent level of German of MGIMO students and their active contribution to the discussion.

K. Kneissl came to MGIMO for the first time to speak to students when she was Foreign Minister of Austria in April 2018.

Her current visit was related to the presentation in Moscow of her book «Prince Eugene. From obscurity to European recognition „(Karin Kneissl.“ Prinz Eugen. Vom Außenseiter zum Genie Europas »), published in Russian with the financial support of the Sochi Dialogue. The book deals with the life of Prince Eugene of Savoy, who from a «poor prince» turned into a great commander, one of the most ambitious strategists in Europe at the beginning of the 18th century.

K. Kneissl also gave a lecture to students about the life and work of Prince Eugene of Savoy at Moscow State Linguistic University.

The official book presentation unfolded that same day at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and was attended by Austrian diplomats, rectors of Russian universities, directors of schools specializing in the German language, experts from public, scientific and cultural organizations. The guests of the event were greeted by the Director of the Pushkin Museum M. Loshak and the Aide to the Russian President, and Minister of Education and Science (2004–2012), Andrey Fursenko.

— See the MGIMO web-site for russian version