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Cover: December Summit – Last Chance?

Sep. 23, 2013

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.

Cover: Economy as an Engine for Change

July 12, 2013

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.

Cover: A Fragile Value Chain

July 5, 2013

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.

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

Feb. 21, 2013

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.

Cover: After the Operations: Outlook for the NATO Summit in Chicago

Feb. 3, 2012

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.

Cover: NATO’s Self-Assurance: The New Strategic Concept

Nov. 22, 2010

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.

Cover: Prospects of EU-Russia Relations

May 15, 2008

Prospects of EU-Russia Relations

The EU and Russia are two of the most important, albeit very different, global actors, with many shared interests. Both sides, however, have found it difficult to understand each other’s interests and motives. Following the recent change in leadership in Moscow this paper considers the prospects for EU-Russia relations. It argues that both sides should seek to adopt a win-win attitude rather than scoring points off the other side.


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