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The Strategy Factory provides tools for future-oriented monitoring of relevant developments in the relevant areas and develops skills in strategic advice and thinking by using techniques such as an overview of trends and related socio-political and economic options.

It equips young talents interested in policy making with the necessary skills to translate research into policy. It enables them to make a real difference and kick-start their careers in strategic and operational political sectors. Collaboratively it enhances knowledge of how to create meaningful policy recommendations on the strategic level and apply a operational toolkit on the ground.

Treffen des FSH-Projektteams in Wien. Bild: Thomas König, Shabka, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

The Strategy Factory is comprehensive, knowledge based and action-oriented.
It is hands-on policy making.

Making a full circle


The aim of the Strategy Factory is to train junior professionals in policy-making and strategic thinking. In doing so, it makes a full circle: while encompassing strategic and operational aspects it offers junior professionals skill sets, instruments and an insight into conventions relevant to policy making. Together with experienced experts, state-of-the-art research is being translated into case study policy recommendations.


By focusing on the wider aspects of international politics, the workshop dwelves into the realm of security, foreign and development policy as well as taking into account humanitarian aspects and a perspectives from international crisis and conflict management.
Selected case studies of today’s pressing challenges are being tackled with creative ideas, experienced insights and methodical approaches.

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Building resilience against robotics and ‘Artificial Intelligence’

Introduction In Oceania at the present day, Science, in the old sense, has almost ceased to exist. In Newspeak there is no word for “Science”. The empirical method of thought, on which all the scientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposed to the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc. And even technological progress only happens when its products can in some way be used for the diminution of human liberty. (Orwell, 1977) Scientific advancement is inevitable. Humankind is constantly

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Discussion: Visions of International Peace

Have international relations become more or less peaceful in the last 20 years? What does building peace mean? Are strategy and peace mutually exclusive? Do we have reliable crisis management mechanisms to deescalate and perhaps even resolve disputes? What mechanisms do we need? Those and other questions were discussed in a panel discussion in the Diplomatic Academy Vienna on 24 January 2020 by a panel of practitioners and academics: Michael Asiedu (Student, Vienna School of International Studies), Susanne Jalka (Professor,

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Shabka im Ö1 Europajournal & Podcast

Im Ö1-Europajournal am 24. Jänner 2020 und in der dazugehörigen Podcast-Langversion stellen wir all unsere engagierten und innovativen Ansätze vor. Beispielsweiße, wie wir dazu beitragen wollen die Außen- und Europapolitik zukunftsfähiger zu gestalten und dabei die Welt im Blick behalten. Shabka gehört zu einer Reihe von Organisationen in Österreich, die sich in den letzten Jahren gegründet haben und auf neue und unkonventionelle Weise zu Außen- und Europapolitik arbeiten. Im Europajournal-Studio diskutieren wir gemeinsam mit Vertreterinnen von WIIS Austria, F.I.R.E und

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30 Jänner 2020 | Shabka Jahresauftakt 2020

Nach einem intensiven letzten Jahr mit vielen Höhepunkten starten wir in ein spannendes neues Jahr für Shabka und unser Netzwerk. Es wird ein Jahr voller Events, Workshops und Inhalten, in das wir gerne mit euch gemeinsam starten. Dazu laden wir euch zum Shabka Jahresauftakt 2020 ein! Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich, willkommen sind alle – alle die uns schon kennen und noch kennen lernen wollen … und deren Freunde und Freundinnen. Also: feel free to share. Falls ihr euch doch schon

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24 January 2020 | Discussion: Visions of International Peace

Discussion:Michael AsieduStudent, MAIS 2 Programme, Vienna School of International StudiesSusanne JalkaPsychoanalytic approach to peace research; Professor, Conflict culture, University of Applied Arts ViennaAngela KaneSenior Fellow, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation; Vice director, International Institute for PeaceWalter KempHead, Strategic Policy Support Unit, OSCE SecretariatLukas WankCo-Director, Shabka Moderation:Markus KornprobstProfessor of International Relations, Vienna School of International Studies Here’s the link to the official invitation. Wann? 24 January 2020 | from 18:30 – 21:00 Wo? Festsaal of the Diplomatische Akademie Wien | Favoritenstraße

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Shabka at the Tipping Point Talks 2019 with Felwine Sarr

On 27 November 2019 Shabka participated at the 2019s Tipping Point Talks in Viennas Odean Theater. Curated by Verena Ringler, the Tipping Point talks convened a range of leading personalities from the worlds of civil society, politics and banking, including Erste Bank’s CEO Andreas Treichl, Marietje Schaake, Francis Fukuyama, Timothy Snyder and Felwine Sarr In afternoon Think Camp participants had the oportunity to discuss how we can realise a holistic concept of prosperity for all today? What will be private and

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