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Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean

For Greater German Engagement in the Ocean of the 21st Century
The globally most significant maritime choke points, namely the Gulf of Aden, the Suez Canal, the Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Malacca, are situated in the Indian Ocean. The security challenges in the region – ranging from failing states to rivalry between major powers – pose ongoing threats to maritime security and free passage through maritime choke points. Germany’s prosperity depends on unrestricted international sea trade and unimpeded access to raw material markets. Ensuring maritime security in the Indian Ocean is therefore in Germany’s fundamental interest. Carlo Masala, Tim Tepel, Konstantinos Tsetsos, Nov. 24, 2015 more...

Germany’s Responsibility in International Politics (III)

Strengthening the Capability to Act in the Security Realm
In view of the wars and conflicts in Europe and at its periphery, the debate about Germany’s new responsibility in international politics has particular resonance. But what form should Germany’s new responsibility take in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable? Which instruments should be strengthened? And what initiatives should the German government initiate and further? The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provide concrete recommendations on how and where “responsibility” can be imbued with political life. Arbeitskreis Junge Außenpolitiker, Oct. 29, 2015 more...

Flight and asylum

A lack of solidarity and growing populism as challenges to European domestic policy
To date, enforcing the European asylum system has been met with only limited success. Despite acknowledged difficulties, increasing pressure will in future be needed to comply with legal directives and laws. A further task of the European Union consists in securing its borders and combating the root causes of migration beyond Europe. The future task of German and European policy on asylum and migration lies in striking a balance between democratic participation in debates on refugees and migration on the one hand and responsible and ethical conduct towards vulnerable people on the other. Ingmar Zielke, Franziska Stahl, Oct. 27, 2015 more...

Germany’s Responsibility in International Politics (II)

Topic-Specific Partnerships in Development Cooperation
In view of the wars and conflicts in Europe and at its periphery, the debate about Germany’s new responsibility in international politics has particular resonance. But what form should Germany’s new responsibility take in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable? Which instruments should be strengthened? And what initiatives should the German government initiate and further? The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provide concrete recommendations on how and where “responsibility” can be imbued with political life. Arbeitskreis Junge Außenpolitiker, Oct. 13, 2015 more...

Germany’s Responsibility in International Politics (I)

The German OSCE Chairmanship
In view of the wars and conflicts in Europe and at its periphery, the debate about Germany’s new responsibility in international politics has particular resonance. But what form should Germany’s new responsibility take in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable? Which instruments should be strengthened? And what initiatives should the German government initiate and further? The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provide concrete recommendations on how and where “responsibility” can be imbued with political life. Arbeitskreis Junge Außenpolitiker, Oct. 13, 2015 more...

How “Islamic State” Recruits Fighters in Germany

Approaches to Effectively Preventing Islamist Radicalisation
There are over 7,000 Salafists living in Germany. Over 700 people have travelled to “IS”-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq from Germany, the number of “IS” returnees is on the rise. A historical-critical exegesis of the Quran, an expansion of Islamic religious education in schools, increased use of German as the medium in which sermons are delivered in mosques, employment of more Muslim chaplains, as well as websites aimed at young people that promote considered Islam can counter the alarming trend of increasing Islamist radicalisation. Thomas Volk, Oct. 7, 2015 more...

Asylum seekers and refugees - What makes the average German tick?

TV and online news all over the world recently pictured how German chancellor Angela Merkel was booed by a small group of right-wing interferers while visiting a shelter for refugees in Heidenau, Saxony. The refugee center near Dresden was the scene of two days of rioting by right-wing extremists before. This paper briefly examines the current public opinion in Germany based on the representative polls of the “Forschungsgruppe Wahlen”. A random sample of 1,251 Germans has been polled between 18-20 August 2015. Nico Lange, Aug. 27, 2015 more...

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