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The fight against piracy

One aspect of Germany‘s maritime security
David Petrovic takes up this issue and examines more closely one of the key areas of maritime security – the fight against piracy. As Mephistopheles said in Goethe’s Faust: “War, trade, and piracy, allow, as three in one, no separation.” David Petrovic, Sep. 27, 2013 more...

December Summit – Last Chance?

Impulses for the revitalisation of the common security and defense policy
The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) of the EU has so far rarely met the expectations. Lately, it has only played a marginal role in conflicts with European involvement. In the aftermath of the Libyan conflict, there was even some talk of the “demise” of the CSDP. Contrary to numerous predictions, so far the cuts in national defence spending caused by the economic and financial crisis have not produced the necessary political will for greater cooperation. Olaf Wientzek, Sep. 23, 2013 more...

Economy as an Engine for Change

Opportunities of Increased Engagement in the Maghreb
This paper sets out the essential challenges and obstacles for sustainable economic development. Based on this information, concrete recommendations for German (and European) policy makers are formulated which may help to sustainably promote the region’s development potential by means of concerted know-how transfer. Anne Elisabeth Ludwigs, July 12, 2013 more...

A Fragile Value Chain

The Need for German Maritime Engagement
Reliable maritime lifelines are the foundation of our prosperity, yet in the face of new threats the fragility of global maritime trade routes has massively increased over the past several years. German society and the economic sector are not adequately attuned to this. This paper analyses the significance and the complex challenges confronting Germany as well as other industrial nations in securing their maritime lifelines. Peter Hefele, July 5, 2013 more...

Crisis Management in the Euro Area: Why Europe's Policy is on the Right Track (Online-Publication)

The aim of this article is to show that the crisis-driven pragmatism of politics is an appropriate way of resolving the problems in the currency area and placing the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) on a new, more stable footing. The paper will show that the policies that have been agreed at the heart of the Fiscal Compact and the Stability and Growth Pact, along with the establishment of the EFSF and ESM stability mechanisms and the planned banking union, are appropriate ways of addressing the structural defects in the EMU. Werner Becker, Horst Löchel, David Gregosz, Feb. 21, 2013 more...

After the Operations: Outlook for the NATO Summit in Chicago

The Heads of State and Government of the 28 NATO member countries will meet in Chicago on 20 and 21 May 2012. This will be the first NATO summit since November 2010 in Lisbon and the first on American soil since 1999 in Washington. In contrast to those conferences, this time no new strategic concept or similar pathfinding decisions are expected. Instead, the interim status of the present course is to be examined and announced at this implementation summit – for example, with a view toward the withdrawal from Afghanistan or setting up a missile defense shield. Patrick Keller, Feb. 3, 2012 more...

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...