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Stormy Times on the East River

Why Germany must increase its engagement in the UN: using the Blue Helmets and refugees as examples
The post-1945 world order is under threat. The established system of international law, the United Nations, human rights and free trade and unrestricted shipping is under pressure from outside and from within. This liberal international system, which favors globalization, enables prosperity and has carried the values and principles of Western enlightenment around the world, is now under threat. Céline-Agathe Caro, Dustin Dehez, Patrick Keller, Jana Puglierin, Mar. 7, 2017 more...

The United States and a united Europe continue to be the alliance of free Western nations

Jürgen Rüttgers speaks in an interview about Donald Trump and the new US-Administration
Jürgen Rüttgers, former Prime Minister of North Rhine Westfalia and former member of the Helmut Kohl cabinet is a regular visitor to the United States. Nico Lange talked with him about Donald Trump, the USA, Europe and the Atlantic relations. Nico Lange, Mar. 1, 2017 more...

"Deepening of Ghana and German Economic Cooperatation is like 'Music in my Ears' (Dr. Bawumia)"

GERMAN DELEGATION CALLED ON THE VICE-PRESIDENT- DR. MAHAMUDU BAWUMIA Feb. 28, 2017 more...

Policy Paper No. 4 "Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Asia and Europe"

Countering violent extremism and terrorism has been a top priority of governments in Asia and Europe for many years. Terrorist cells posed a severe threat to home security, even before the emergence of Daesh. However, as a consequence of Asian and European citizens joining Daesh, terrorists have been able to establish networks among fighters from both regions. It has thus become imperative that governments from Asia and Europe enhance their collaboration and coordination in all dimensions of counter-terrorism efforts. Patrick Rüppel, Feb. 23, 2017 more...

Tensions between Moscow and Minsk

What the West ought to do now
After Minsk introduced a minor visa liberalization for foreigners within the framework of its gradual opening towards the West in the past months, political tension between Russia and Belarus have been mounting. What is this caused by and which scenarios exist for the West therein? Wolfgang Sender, Feb. 20, 2017 more...

Kenya: The current drought situation in Baringo

Baringo County has always been prone to drought. In August 2016, a formal early warning declaration was issued by inter-national organizations predicting that counties in northern Kenya will be affected by prolonged episodes of drought. Two Months later, approximately 24,000 people face acute starvation. The severity of the drought is likely to increase immediately after May 2017, if the amount of rain received stays below average. But why do we witness a looming crisis when the system sounds effective enough to assist in early planning and response? Feb. 20, 2017 more...

Jordan’s cabinet re-(re-)-shuffled

A window of opportunity for reforms in Jordan?
At a time of deteriorating economic conditions and security challenges Prime Minister Hani Mulki, appointed by HM King Abdullah in May last year, conducted a re-shuffle to his cabinet on 15 January 2017. The changes were approved by a Royal decree and are affecting major portfolios. It is the second re-shuffle to Mulki’s cabinet after less than seven months in office and includes six new ministers. Mona Koehler-Schindler, Manuel Schubert, Imke Haase, Feb. 15, 2017 more...

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is represented with its own office in around 70 countries on five continents. The foreign employees can give first-hand reports on current happenings and long-term developments in their respective countries. Their "country reports" offer visitors to the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung exclusive evaluations, background information and forecasts.