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Cover: Strategic Deliberations about the Future of German Security Policy

Apr. 24, 2015

Strategic Deliberations about the Future of German Security Policy

More than a year on from the speech President Joachim Gauck made at the Munich Security Conference, the impact of his words is still being felt. In view of the crises in Eastern Europe and in the Middle East, his demand for greater German engagement in international security policy has evoked particular resonance. Both crises remain unresolved, and there is every reason to assume that Germany will be faced with further challenges over the coming months.

Cover: EU Elections - Where Are the Voters?

Mar. 5, 2015

EU Elections - Where Are the Voters?

Study about the low turnout in new EU Member States

From 22 to 25 May 2014, EU citizens went to the polls to cast their votes for a new EU Parliament. Almost 60 per cent of eligible voters stayed away. Turnout throughout Europe was therefore lower than ever before in European Union history. An analysis of the figures for the 28 EU Member States shows that turnout was particularly low in countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which did not join the EU until 2004 and 2013 in the course of the eastern EU enlargement. Investigation of the underlying reasons for the low turnout and some recommendations for action on how turnout could be increased.

Cover: Islam - Islamism

Jan. 14, 2015

Islam - Islamism

Clarification for turbulent times

“No one is as murderously ‘Islamophobic’ as Islamists are.” These are the words used by the British journalist Nick Cohen several years ago to express the fact that it is Islamists in particular who do the greatest public damage to Islam. It is important and essential to make a clear and thorough distinction between Islam and Islamism. Islam is a complex and multi-faceted religion and ideology, and any simplified description reflects the thinking of precisely those representatives with whom this text is concerned.

Cover: After the Wales Summit: An Assessment of NATO's Strategic Agenda

Nov. 25, 2014

After the Wales Summit: An Assessment of NATO's Strategic Agenda

Two weeks after the NATO Summit in Wales the Konrad Adenauer Foundation invited a select group of experts and officials to discuss the results of the Wales Summit and the challenges that lie ahead. The participants provided concrete recommendations for German policy-makers regarding Berlin’s role in influencing NATO’s prospective strategic focus. Among the most pressing issues discussed were the current situation in Ukraine, possible ways of how to react to Putin’s aggressive demeanor in the long run, and how to adapt NATO’s tasks and capabilities accordingly.

Cover: The German G7 Presidency (III)

Oct. 17, 2014

The German G7 Presidency (III)

Climate Policy: Develop Emissions Trading System. Advance the Transformation of the Energy System. Enhance Adaptability.

Featuring the global climate conference in Paris, 2015 will be a key year in the fight against climate change. One of the main aims of the G7 Summit should be to forge a consensus on climate change for a follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol within the G7. To achieve the two-degree target, the focus must remain on the avoidance of emissions. For this purpose an effective emissions trading system should be developed. Moreover, the superior climate technologies in possession of the G7 nations should be capitalized on in the framework of technology, capacity and scientific partnerships.

Cover: The German G7 Presidency (II)

Oct. 17, 2014

The German G7 Presidency (II)

Placing Emphasis on Economic Aspects to Further Development

The foundation for the new development agenda for the post-2015 era must be based on a thorough examination of the results achieved to date in fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals drawn up in 2001. Current discussions on the sustainable funding of development cooperation and the interaction between climate policy and development policy must also be taken into account. Only if the growth potentials in the developing and newly industrialised countries can be harnessed will it be possible to prevent greater development and security challenges arising.

Cover: The German G7 Presidency (I)

Oct. 9, 2014

The German G7 Presidency (I)

The G7 as an Opportunity - Returning to value-based Global Governance

With the re-establishment of the G7, the democracies of the West will once again have their own forum as a community of shared values. However, the G7 nations face several fundamental challenges: Both a strategic debate about transatlantic relations and specification of a shared constructive position vis-à-vis Russia are required. During its G7 presidency Germany should thus clearly foreground the opportunities offered by a strengthened Western partnership of values. The German government should also promote the elaboration of a long-term vision and strategy for the MENA region.


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