The first episode of the ‘Peace Matters’ podcast by the International Institute for Peace and Ponto has been released: E1_One year of war in Ukraine: Does peace still matter?
Available on Youtube, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts
About the podcast: ‘Peace Matters’ is a podcast about contemporary conflicts in Europe and the world – and how to solve them. Hosted by the International Institute for Peace and Ponto – two Vienna-based think tanks – it discusses the most pressing global challenges with policy experts, decision-makers, academics, diplomats, civil society activists and other stakeholders. Tune in to discussions on issues and threats that concern us all and form your own opinion on topics such as the war on Ukraine or the doomsday clock – it’s only 1.5 minutes before midnight! Since this is a truly global but also Austrian podcast, some episodes are released in English, others in German.
About this episode: In this episode we speak about the military developments in Ukraine over the past twelve moths, the upcoming Russian military offensive, the West’s help to Ukraine, and why search for a diplomatic solution needs to start now.
Guests: Colonel Markus Reisner of the Austrian Armed Forces is a military expert and a historian. He was repeatedly deployed in conflict zones and spent significant time in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chad, Central Africa, and Mali. Markus is one of the most well-known military analysts in Austria commenting on the Russian war in Ukraine. He holds two PhDs from the University of Vienna – in history and in “Interdisciplinary Legal Studies” . He is a commander of the Honor Guard in Vienna, member of the Advisory Committee for Military History of the Scientific Commission at the Austrian Armed Forces, and member of the IIP Advisory board. He is currently serving at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt.
Hannes Swoboda is the President of the International Institute for Peace. He started his career in urban politics in Vienna and was elected to the European Parliament in 1996. There, he served as an MEP for eighteen years, including as the Leader of the Social Democratic Group in the Parliament from 2012 until 2014. He was particularly engaged in foreign, enlargement, and neighborhood policies.
Moderation: Marylia Hushcha, researcher at the IIP