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Mediating Security

Comprehensive Approaches to an Ambiguous Subject – Festschrift for Otmar Höll


Edited By Alexander Klimburg and Jan Pospisil

In over four decades of scientific exploration, Otmar Höll has approached international security from often unorthodox and unconventional perspectives. Starting with the issues of development and environmental policy, the challenge of a more comprehensive notion of security increasingly becomes a primary focus. Otmar Höll accepted this challenge and sought to combine it with his interests in the theory of political psychology, the practice of psychotherapeutic and mediated approaches to conflict resolution. Comprehensive Security therefore became a concept with a particular personal relevance. This Festschrift highlights Otmar Höll’s professional achievement through the contributions of friends, companions and colleagues.


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Otmar Höll. Heinz Gärtner


Otmar Höll Heinz Gärtner The name Otmar Höll has been linked to the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip) since its foundation. The institute’s first academic activity was based on a project that Otmar Höll and Helmut Kramer transferred from the In- stitute for Advanced Studies to the oiip in 1978. The project was about “Austria in the International System”. Including scholars from Latin America (who hap- pened to be Chilean emigrants), the project group at the oiip developed in an academically innovative way. On the one hand, it applied the rather new small states theory to Austria; on the other hand, it used the concept of dependence which was derived from the dependency theory. The topic of the project was an early recognition that the process of interdependence and the emergence of globalization had an influence on every single part of the world. The outcome of the study was evidence that the degree to which globalization impacts on an economy and on a society depends on the policy of each single state. The project combined Otmar Höll’s interests with his skills, which comprise development policy and theory, Austrian foreign policy and the analysis of small states’ behaviour. This combination also reflected the new approach of the pro- ject. Linking small states research to dependency was unexpected for the inter- national academic audience. Even the founder of the oiip, chancellor Bruno Kreisky, was critical about the term “small states” and adapted it to “smaller states...

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