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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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Adventures in Research:The Austrian Institute for International Affairs (OIIP)1Howard J. Wiarda

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Adventures in Research: The Austrian Institute for International Affairs (OIIP)1 Howard J. Wiarda I was a visiting Fulbright Research Scholar (no teaching!) at OIIP in 2001. Ot- mar Höll and OIIP were particularly hospitable, welcoming, and gracious to me as a visiting scholar. They not only welcomed me to OIIP and made me feel at home there, they also gave me an office and put the staff and facilities of the In- stitute at my disposal. More than that and going way beyond the call of duty, they introduced me to and integrated me into the social, intellectual, and politi- cal life of Vienna. I can safely say that the period I spent in Vienna at OIIP was one of the most productive and enjoyable of my career, and that it forever changed my life. For these reasons, I am eternally grateful to OIIP and Otmar Höll. This paper therefore covers the following topics: (1) my arrival in Vienna and the process of “getting there;” (2) my reception at OIIP and the research work on Eastern Europe and other topics that we did there; (3) my introduction, thanks to OIIP, into the broader Vienna academic, intellectual, and think tank communities; (4) the writing projects, research, and speeches that were done through OIIP; (5) the several intellectual, artistic, and social communities of which I became a part. In all of these endeavors, Otmar Höll and OIIP played a large part. “Getting There” I am a student of...

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