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Mediating Security

Comprehensive Approaches to an Ambiguous Subject – Festschrift for Otmar Höll

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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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Mediating Security:Comprehensive Approaches to an Ambiguous Subject. Alexander Klimburg and Jan Pospisil (with a section by A.J.R. Groom)

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Mediating Security: Comprehensive Approaches to an Ambiguous Subject Alexander Klimburg and Jan Pospisil (with a section by A.J.R. Groom) In over four decades of scientific exploration, Otmar Höll has approached the question of international security from often unorthodox and unconventional perspectives. Starting with the issues of development and environmental policy, the challenge of an enlarged and more comprehensive notion of “security” has become a primary focus not only in his research, but also within the institute of which he was director for 16 years – the oiip, the Austrian Institute for Interna- tional Affairs. While originally a marginal topic at best, the (re-)definition of international security rapidly gained in importance with the end of the Cold War. The impli- cations associated with the notions of a “Comprehensive” and later “Networked Security” became internationally commonplace, both at the scientific and the political level. Otmar Höll accepted these challenges and sought to combine them with his interests in the theory of political psychology, the practice of psy- chotherapeutic and mediated approaches to conflict resolution. “Comprehensive Security” was therefore not just a particular way to deal with questions like the notion of “new threats and challenges” in the context of global governance; in addition, it became a concept with particular personal relevance. Bringing together various state and non-state actors in the field of foreign and international affairs has thus become an important part of Höll’s work, in the best sense of what is now called a “comprehensive” or “whole-of-nation” approach....

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