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Cover: Donald Trump’s New Strategy for Afghanistan

Nov. 15, 2017

Donald Trump’s New Strategy for Afghanistan

Reactions and Recommendations from Leading US Think Tanks

His original instinct was, in fact, to pull out of Afghanistan, explained Donald Trump on August 21, 2017 in the introductory remarks of his speech in Fort Myer. The US president then went on to present the objectives and measures of his “path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia”. The community of experts in Washington welcomes some of his decisions, but is generally skeptical and subsequently recommends further possible courses of action to the administration.

Cover: Between political alienation and economic dependence

Nov. 14, 2017

Between political alienation and economic dependence


Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping could vastly expand their political power this autumn. Both are now in a position to govern for years to come. Abe dissolved the Japanese Lower House in order to face down the opposition in the new elections. The coup succeeded. Abe wants to "reclaim" Japan. Xi Jinping was almost simultaneously appointed as the core leader of the Chinese Communist Party. He is now the undisputed leader of the Middle Kingdom, on par with Mao Zedong. Xi wants to realize the "Chinese dream". A collision course seems pre-programmed.

Oct. 29, 2017

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.

Cover: Podcast: East Asian Energy Security

Oct. 20, 2017

Podcast: East Asian Energy Security

Keeping the Lights on During the Transition

The electricity sector is vital for modern society. Policy makers, regulators and the industry have to ensure that electricity remains affordable and secure. But, national and international climate targets have to be met, too. National energy systems in Asia are under massive pressure to cope with these, sometimes contradicting goals. The rapid rise of renewable energies and discussion about decarbonization have questioned traditional business models, not only in the energy sector. In the audio podcast, Antony Froggatt shared insights into the latest energy development in Europe and Asia.

Cover: European Defense

Oct. 16, 2017

European Defense

Most recent initiatives at the EU level and by individual European countries

The Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) is a major element of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU. CSDP is not about national defense, its main task is civil and military crisis management in third countries.

Oct. 13, 2017

Helmut Kohl, former Federal Chancellor and Honorary Citizen of Europe

His work and legacy for a united Europe

In cooperation with the Representation of the State Hessen tothe European Union, the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) organized a discussion on "Helmut Kohl, former German Chancellor and honorary citizens of the EU - his work and his legacy for the united Europe". As honorary guest and long-time companion, Dr. Theo Waigel, former Minister of Finance, gave an impulse.

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