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Russia: The 2020 Perspective

05 Apr - 10 Apr, 2008 (Session 450)
The Session will bring together a high-level international contingent of foreign policy experts, business representatives, scholars, journalists, and government officials to focus on the following questions concerning Russia's future:
  • How will the elections shift power in Russia?
  • Will ...
Innovation in Knowledge-based Economies: Accelerating the Benefits
13 Apr - 18 Apr, 2008 (Session 451)
Today, information and knowledge form the leading edge of economic development, driving growth, creating jobs, and replacing traditional labor-intensive systems as the primary engine of wealth creation. In addition, the technological developments of the 20th century have shifted advanced economies away ...
A "Green Revolution" in Africa: What Framework for Success?
03 May - 07 May, 2008 (Session 452)
A number of recent events demonstrate renewed attention to, and willingness to invest in, African agricultural development. Wisely managed, this could lead to a new era of responsible streamlined investment, capacity-building, policy change, and innovation, which in turn could release many millions ...
Achieving the Freer Circulation of Cultural Artifacts
09 May - 14 May, 2008 (Session 453)
Museums around the world are guardians of the cultural and artistic achievements of humankind. By providing people with the opportunity to experience cultural objects and art, museums foster not only an appreciation of aesthetic beauty and human inventiveness, but also promote mutual understanding of ...
Combating Climate Change at Local and Regional Levels: Sustainable Strategies, Renewable Energy
09 Jul - 13 Jul, 2008 (Session 454)
There is no more important challenge facing the global community today than the protection of the planet and its natural resources. Simply put, all human beings need to learn how to inhabit this planet in a safe and sustainable way. Hurricane Katrina, Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, and the stark erosion ...
Peace-Making and Peace-Building: Securing the Contributions of Women and Civil Society
07 Sep - 12 Sep, 2008 (Session 455)
This session will focus on increasing the coherence and effectiveness of conflict resolution, peace-building, reconciliation and peace-keeping efforts by focusing specifically on mechanisms to increase the effective participation of civil society organizations (CSOs), political minorities, and, in particular, ...
Sovereign Wealth Funds: Risks and Opportunities for Global Financial Markets
27 Sep - 01 Oct, 2008 (Session 456)
The emergence of SWFs as powerful and highly visible players on global financial is raising key questions for markets, investors, policy-makers and analysts. Do these non-transparent, government-backed funds present a risk to the global financial architecture? Will a new influx of liquidity from SWFs ...
Islamic and International Law: Searching for Common Ground
25 Oct - 30 Oct, 2008 (Session 457)
The majority of contemporary debates about Islamic law tend to focus on the Sharia law tradition as a subjective doctrine rooted in strict religious code. Recent controversies surrounding "personal status laws," including, but not limited to the rights of women, have served to further this view, characterizing ...
The United States in the World: New Strategies of Engagement
10 Nov - 15 Nov, 2008 (Session 458)
Whatever the outcome of the US presidential elections in November 2008, the change in administration will bring about a reorientation of US foreign policy. George W. Bush's successor will inherit a number of acute international crises and a country whose military power and economic dominance have been ...
The Global Energy Fulcrum: Asian Development and International Response
30 Nov - 05 Dec, 2008 (Session 459)
Asia's galloping thirst for energy has fundamentally changed the global landscape, creating eastward shifts in the gravity of geopolitics, wealth, and consumption. And as Asian demand has skyrocketed, it has become clear that the awesome energy challenges facing Asia represent a central issue for the ...
New Models of Intellectual Property: Predictability and Openness as Spurs to Innovation
06 Dec - 11 Dec, 2008 (Session 460)
It is generally assumed that intellectual property rights (IPR) are essential for competitiveness and innovation, and thus to the functioning and progress of what have come to be known as "knowledge-based economies". At the same time, it is clear that very different attitudes and practices prevail in ...

Special Sessions / Programs

Science and the Citizen

19 May - 21 May, 2008
Joint Conference of the 21st Century Trust and the Salzburg Global Seminar There is a fundamental, often unrecognized but ultimately irresolvable, issue for science in a democracy. In theory, scientific authority is based on ability and on knowledge obtained with methods validated by peers. It ...

Global Citizenship Program

Colleges and Universities as Sites of Global Citizenship

13 Jul - 20 Jul, 2008

Salzburg Festivals & Explorations

Summer Festival 2008

19 Aug - 26 Aug, 2008

2008 Winter Festival: A Holiday Event
22 Dec - 29 Dec, 2008
The 2008 Winter Festival is scheduled during the festive holiday week. The program gives you the chance of a wonderful Christmas holiday but also provides stimulus for those who want it - in the tradition of the Salzburg Global Seminar. So, if you fancy a bit of skiing (or swimming in an outdoor heated ...

Fellow Events

SSASAA - Transnationalism and Immigration Shock in American Society and Literature

30 Oct - 02 Nov, 2008
Since the late 1960s, social, political, and technological changes throughout the world have accelerated the cultural diversity and synergism of many nations. People, forms of cultural expression, as well as capital have crossed or altered former national borders. Millions of people from Latin America, ...
2008 LAWSS Symposium - Which Way for Europe? The Reform Treaty and the European Union
07 Nov - 10 Nov, 2008

In 2005, European Union officials were sent back to the drawing board in their attempts to streamline the often inefficient and slow-reacting bodies of the European Union. Referenda in France and the Netherlands had rejected the proposed constitution showing just how difficult achieving unanimity ...

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The Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change

29 Jul - 19 Aug, 2008


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