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The Art of Transition

Will the Democratic Transition Bring Genuine Change to Myanmar?
In 2010, after decades of enforced self-isolation under a dictatorship, the country formerly known as Burma set out on a slow journey of opening up, reaching its peak to date in November 2015 with the first democratic elections in a quarter of a century. The government formed by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) is finding it difficult to manage the unfamiliar tasks of running the country and measuring up to the people’s and the international public’s expectations as well as meeting the innumerable challenges of the multi-ethnic country of Myanmar. Norbert Eschborn, July 13, 2017 more...

Ominous Alliances

On the Correlation between Weak Statehood, International Cocaine Trading and Islamist Terrorism in West Africa
The African continent is increasingly in the spotlight of Germany’s foreign and security policy, not purely due to the refugee and migration crisis. Weak states in West Africa in particular are proving to be a security problem in that they offer an almost ideal breeding ground for both organised crime and Islamist terrorism. Isabella Hermann, July 13, 2017 more...

Brexit Impact Assessment

On the Effects of Great Britain’s Withdrawal from the EU on European Foreign and Development Policy
Due to the unexpectedly close result in the British general elections on 8 June 2017 and the loss of the Conservative majority, the hard Brexit approach by Prime Minister Theresa May suddenly appears to no longer be set in stone. Whether the British position changes and how the withdrawal ultimately takes shape might have far-reaching consequences for European foreign and development policy, and the potential damage is considerable. This article offers an overview of the thorny issues in the Brexit negotiations and highlights opportunities for mitigating the expected negative effects. Thomas Henökl, July 13, 2017 more...

Trump’s Energy Policy: A Threat to Climate ­Protection in Latin America?

The new U.S. president Donald Trump intends to “unleash” the oil and gas sector in the USA mainly through the deregulation of existing environmental and climate restraints. The withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement is proving itself no less than difficult to accomplish. Nevertheless, one should count on the fact that the U.S. will step considerably back on their international climate obligations. Latin America, which has been counting on a close political cooperation with the U.S. in energy and climate issues, apprehends the beginning of an era of uncertainty. Christian Hübner, May 17, 2017 more...

Editorial

The major migration movements of the last few years, the annexation of Crimea in contravention of international law, the Brexit vote, the proliferation of isolationist voices within and outside Europe – however different these phenomena may be in principle, they have one thing in common: they illustrate that borders and boundaries still have considerable significance. Gerhard Wahlers, Apr. 21, 2017 more...

Cross-Border Cooperation: Now More Than Ever!

An Interjection
Roman Herzog, the recently deceased former Federal President, warned us twenty years ago: “Isolationism and expansion are paths of the past, and that is where retreading those paths would lead.” One can hardly repeat this admonition loudly enough today as concerns about a significant slowing of global trade, or even a “reversal of globalisation”, and the emergence of new political conflicts characterise the international climate. David Gregosz, Apr. 21, 2017 more...

Fortress Europe?

The Aegean Sea Frontier and the Strengthening of EU’s External Borders
The refugee and migrant crisis has fundamentally tested the added value and legitimacy of the EU. Currently, a migratory realpolitik prevails as divisions among member states challenge solidarity and respect for European values. Against this backdrop, the main question remains as to whether the Union can provide more effective management of migration and offer reassurances to its citizens in times of heightened insecurity. Angelos Athanasopoulos, Apr. 21, 2017 more...

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