Country Reports

Financial Crisis in Lebanon

Lebanon is living financial crisis conditions, which may turn into a full-fledged crisis affecting the Lebanese Lira’s exchange rate and the banking sector unless appropriate and specific actions are soon implemented by the authorities. Aug. 30, 2017 more...

Decentralization Efforts in Jordan

The Municipal and Governorate Council Elections of August 2017
The governorate and municipal council elections of August 2017 were part and parcel of Jordan’s plans to formalize a framework for the country’s decentralization, building on plans of King Abdullah II. This framework was bolstered by new laws passed in 2015 which introduced the governorate council as a new, elected subnational advisory body. While the new governorate councils have the potential to increase local participation in the formulation of local development needs and service-provision, they have no legislative authority. Annette Ranko, Marco Lotz, Hala Abu Ghazaleh, Imke Haase, Aug. 29, 2017 more...

Japan's Hot Summer

There is no sign of a summer slump. The priorly largely successful LDP and Prime Minister Abe see themselves confronted with the harsh reality of electoral defeats, rapidly dropping approval ratings and political scandals. Abe and his government are severely dented; a new cabinet consisting of minister veterans is hoped to create stability. Meanwhile, the North Korean security situation threatens to esca-late. Hannes Bublitz, Aug. 23, 2017 more...

False promises in the Tanzanian education sector

In January 2016, school fees for secondary school in Tanzania were remitted after the previous waiver of school fees at primary schools in 2011. This is an essential step towards the enabling of free education within the biggest country of east Africa. Nevertheless, 1,5 Million adolescents in Tanzania are still not going to school. The reasons for missing school attendance are diverse and some of them can be traced back to actual decisions of president Magufuli. Daniel El-Noshokaty, Aug. 7, 2017 more...

ASEAN@50

Celebrating five decades of regional stability
In 1984, then French President Mitterrand and German Chancellor Kohl held hands on the World War I battlefields of Verdun. This great symbol of reconciliation and benevolence between two former adversaries highlighted a new found European friendship; a new peaceful European order, which culminated in the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for the common project, the European Union (EU). The European integration process is without a doubt one of the great achievements of the 20th century; but it is not the only one. Frederick Kliem, Aug. 4, 2017 more...

Reporting on Kenyan General Election 2017: A month to the polls

The 2017 General election will be the 11th general election in Kenya since its independence in 1963.Previous elections in Kenya have taken place in 1963, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1983, 1988, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2013.The election in 2013 was the first since the country-wide violence that took place in Kenya after the 2007 election. It was also the first election since the new constitution was adopted. The upcoming general election to be conducted on 8th August 2017 will be the 2nd election under the Kenyan constitution 2010. Aug. 4, 2017 more...

Francis Fukuyama on fake news: Rebuilding trust is much harder than shooting down a false story

#AdenauerInterview with Francis Fukuyama during #disinfoweek in Palo Alto, CA
Nico Lange talked to Francis Fukuyama at Stanford University during #disinfoweek about propaganda, enemies of democracy and responsibilities of digital platforms. Nico Lange, Aug. 1, 2017 more...

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