Austria’s Foreign Policy

Kursnummer: 11017

Understanding Austria’s Foreign Policy – Course Background

The course focuses on two elements that are essential for covering Austria’s foreign policy and current international affairs:

  • Understanding foreign policy priorities
  • Acquiring practical knowledge regarding the use of diplomats and other official representatives as news sources, in Vienna and abroad.

The decreased budget for foreign travel has obliged media outlets to accept sponsored trips, and rely on the Austrian diplomatic and NGO networks when covering international realites.

Why this course?

The course introduces the most important elements of the Austrian foreign policy and examines dos and don’ts when embarking on international trips.

Four sessions provide knowledge on Austria’s international relations, while other four focus on practical advisees and guidelines regarding the interaction between journalists and diplomats; journalists and NGOs, handling of paid trips, ethical approach to writing when on sponsored trips. All speakers have firsthand experience in their field.

What are you expected to learn?

Foreign policy milestones since 1955; current foreign policy priorities, economic interests and foreign policy priorities, development cooperation principles, security principles and relations with NATO. The focus is on current issues.

How to engage diplomats and other official representatives as foreign news sources; the best and the worst practices when participating in sponsored trips. Knowing what to expect and how to profit from sponsored/organised trips abroad.

How is the course organised?

The course lasts 2 days and is divided into 8 units. Each unit lasts 90 minutes.

The sessions addressing foreign policy priorities are based on presentations and discussions while the sessions involving practical information are dialogue-based. Participants are encouraged to engage in interactive discussions during all sessions.

22 May:


Session 1: Zur Entwicklung der österreichischen Außenpolitik von 1945 bis 2015.

  • Prof. Helmut Kramer,
    University of Vienna. Full CV.

Session 2: Austria’s current Foreign Policy Priorities

  • Ambassador Gerhard Jandl,
    Security Policy Director, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. Full CV.



Session 3: Diplomats as News Sources. Dos and don’ts when travelling abroad.

  • Thomas Schnöll,
    Head of Press and Information Department, Spokesperson of the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. Full CV.

Session 4: NGOs as news sources. Travelling with NGOs abroad.

  • Margit Draxl,
    , Caritas Austria. Full CV.


29 May:


Session 5: Development cooperation and migration.

  • Klaus Steiner,
    Head of Quality Unit, Austrian Development Cooperation. Full CV.

Session 6:  Das neutrale Österreich in der NATO – wie geht das?

  • Dr. Otto Naderer,
    Oberst des höheren militärfachlichen Dienstes, Landesverteidigungsakademie Wien, Institut für Strategie und Sicherheitspolitik (ISS). Full CV.


Session 7: Sponsored trips. Opportunities and limits of international news coverage.

  • Jutta Sommerbauer,
    Die Presse, journalist specialised in Ukraine, Russia and Eastern Europe. Full CV.
  • Alexander Millecker,
    ATV, Editor-in Chief, 2008-2017. Full CV.

Session 8: Ethics and paid trips.

  • Chris Elliott,
    Ethical Journalism Network, board member; The Guardian, UK, managing and readers’ editor, 2000-2016. Full CV.

Target Groups

Young journalists with interest in foreign policy and international affairs.
Graduate students in journalism (MA or PhD) with interest in foreign policy and international affairs.

What should you prepare?

Familiarize with the most important themes on the website of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

Maximum number of participants

Language of instruction: German and English

Application Procedure

If you are applying for a fjum_course/training/seminar for the first time, please send your CV to the seminar manager, Mirjana Tomić,, and fill out the online form. We shall send you all the relevant information, as well as the confirmation of the participation, as soon as possible. If you have already participated in fjum_courses, there is no need to send your CV, since it is already in the system. The rest of the application procedure remains the same.

Application Deadline: 15.05.2017

Further Questions

For additional information about the course, contact Mirjana Tomić, fjum_seminar manager,, or call: 0676 365 26 93.

Mirjana Tomić develops and manages fjum_seminars on international current affairs. Her international career encompasses journalism, media and political analyses, public outreach and university lecturing. She holds a BA degree in Political Science from Brandeis University, US, and an MA form EL Colegio de México, Mexico City.

This course is financially supported by RTR Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications.

22.05.201709:30 - 17:00
29.05.201709:30 - 17:00
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 18, 1030 Wien Anfahrtsplan