Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 1:15PM-2:30PM
Balsillie School of International Affairs (map), Room 1-42







Wendelin Ettmayer suggests a critical perspective on post-Cold War US and Western policies of NATO enlargement in Europe, and global American military engagements. These constituted a shift from ‘containment’ to ‘roll back’ and expansion, which he argues increasingly isolated and humiliated Russia. Looked at from Moscow, the Russian intervention in Ukraine was a direct response to these ongoing humiliations, as Russia reasserted its own national and global strategic interests. What does the future hold for European security, and for relations between the US, Europe and Russia?

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About The Speaker

Wendelin Ettmayer is the former Austrian Ambassador to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg (April 2005 – 2008). From 2004 – 2005 he was Head of the department for bilateral and multilateral economic relations in the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Prior to that post, he served as the Austrian Ambassador to Finland (with additional accreditation to Estonia; 1994 – 2000), Austrian Ambassador to Canada (with additional accreditation to Jamaica; 2000 – 2003).

In 1966, he was awarded a Doctorate in law at the University of Vienna, and from 1966-67 post graduate studies in political science at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Paris (Science Po). He entered the diplomatic service after graduation from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna in 1969. Following two years of service in the Austrian Foreign Ministry (and military service) seconded to head the office of Alois Mock, then deputy leader of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (ÖVP) and later serving as foreign minister. From 1977 to 1993 he was a Member of the Austrian National Parliament, and served as Deputy Chairman of the Audit committee; Member of the committees on constitution; internal security, science and education, foreign affairs, Austrian industries.