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NATO’s Self-Assurance: The New Strategic Concept

At their summit meeting in Lisbon in November 2010, the heads of state and government of NATO’s 28 member states agreed on a new strategic concept. The document, titled “Active Engagement, Modern Defence”, is meant to both demonstrate and strengthen the political and strategic consensus within the Alliance. It is the first of its kind since 1999, and thus NATO’s first encompassing basic policy document reflecting the experiences of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This analysis presents the strategic concept’s most important elements and comments on their political significance. Patrick Keller, Nov. 22, 2010 more...

Prospects of EU-Russia Relations

The EU and Russia are two of the most important, albeit very different, global actors, with many shared interests. Both sides, however, have found it difficult to understand each other’s interests and motives. Following the recent change in leadership in Moscow this paper considers the prospects for EU-Russia relations. It argues that both sides should seek to adopt a win-win attitude rather than scoring points off the other side. Fraser Cameron, Horst Teltschik, May 15, 2008 more...

Reconciling bilateral trade agreements with multilateralism

With its communication “Global Europe – competing in the world” the European Commission has realigned its trade policy. While in 1999 the former Commissioner for External Trade, Pascal Lamy, had declared the multilateral approach within the framework of the WTO as the only and exclusive strategy to trade liberalisation, the new strategy (released in October 2006) regards bilateral trade agreements as an option. Which opportunities and which risks are connected to these agreements? Christina Langhorst, Oct. 25, 2007 more...

The Costs of Terror - The Economic Consequences of Global Terrorism

Terrorism undoubtedly poses a grave threat to the security of open societies. Conventional wisdom holds that terrorists also hold the power to inflict grave harm upon modern economies. Many cite the significant economic consequences of the September 11 attacks as evidence of our economic vulnerability. What were the actual economic consequences of September 11, the largest terror attack in history? Are modern economies in fact highly vulnerable to terrorist disruption? What future risks do different types of terrorist attacks pose for Western economies? Adam Klein, May 24, 2007 more...

Global Resource Security: Challenges and Recommendations for Political Action

This discussion paper is based on the results of a conference on global resource security which, jointly sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the EastWest Institute, was held in Berlin on October 5/6, 2006. The paper describes the great challenges inherent in securing the supply of raw materials and proposes political approaches for their solution. Nino Galetti, Christina Langhorst, Dec. 12, 2006 more...

NATO Enlargement After the Riga Summit

Although the subject of NATO enlargement will not take central stage at the NATO Riga summit, the membership question remains on the agenda. Since the last accession round in 2004, three countries are still official candidates for admission: Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia. The American advocacy in favor of Ukraine and Georgia has introduced two additional countries into the membership debate. Three central questions may help in finding consensus. Karl-Heinz Kamp, Nov. 22, 2006 more...

“Prompt Global Strike” - A New US Strategy Takes Shape

At the core of the new strategy is the concept of “Prompt Global Strikes”, the aim of which is to have the capacity to destroy nearly any target worldwide in very little time. What are the causes and consequences of this change in strategy, hardly taken note of in Europe? What problems might develop and where might transatlantic consultation be advisable? Karl-Heinz Kamp, Aug. 24, 2006 more...

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