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Digital: Growing the Best, not the Worst

The world is digital. Photos have gone digital for some time, as have communication systems; the modern workplace is constantly changing, and global knowledge can now fit into your pocket. In research and science, data-driven approaches determine project applications, the Bundeswehr, the German Armed Forces, are taking the Internet into their security policy portfolio, and fully automated driving is no longer a pipe dream. Geoff Mulgan, May 2017 more...

Business as Usual in Brussels? NATO’s strategic outlook under Trump

In response to Russia's aggression, NATO has re-emphasized territorial defense and has strengthened its deterrence posture in Europe's East. Questions remain, however, regarding the credibility and durability of that posture. Further, the unstable situation in Northern Africa and the Middle East creates anxiety for European allies. With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, a dose of uncertainty about the viability of the transatlantic bond has been introduced into alliance affairs. This paper analyzes NATO's strategic situation and gives recommendations on how to proceed. Aylin Matlé, Alessandro Scheffler Corvaja, Facts & Findings, May 2017 more...

Cross-Border Cooperation: Now More Than Ever!

An Interjection
Roman Herzog, the recently deceased former Federal President, warned us twenty years ago: “Isolationism and expansion are paths of the past, and that is where retreading those paths would lead.” One can hardly repeat this admonition loudly enough today as concerns about a significant slowing of global trade, or even a “reversal of globalisation”, and the emergence of new political conflicts characterise the international climate. David Gregosz, International Reports, April 2017 more...

Fortress Europe?

The Aegean Sea Frontier and the Strengthening of EU’s External Borders
The refugee and migrant crisis has fundamentally tested the added value and legitimacy of the EU. Currently, a migratory realpolitik prevails as divisions among member states challenge solidarity and respect for European values. Against this backdrop, the main question remains as to whether the Union can provide more effective management of migration and offer reassurances to its citizens in times of heightened insecurity. Angelos Athanasopoulos, International Reports, April 2017 more...

New “Borders” in Eastern Europe

Ukraine since the Annexation of Crimea and the Outbreak of the Conflict in the Donbass
The principle of border inviolability within Europe was put into question in 2014 with the Russian annexation of Crimea and the breakout of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. These events created two new “borders” in Eastern Europe: one de-facto national border in the case of Crimea and a frozen frontline in the case of the occupied territories in the Donbass. Both came into being in contravention of international law and are negatively impacting people in Ukraine. Gabriele Baumann, Moritz Junginger, International Reports, April 2017 more...

Walls Against Migration?

About Perceived Truth in the U.S. Migration Debate and the Effectiveness of Border Protection Measures
Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border shines a spotlight on the issue of border protection. This article investigates how effectively walls and border control measures reduce unwanted migration flows, compared to efforts to fight root causes, and analyses as to why new migration trends in the United States and Mexico are being neglected in the U.S. debate. Victoria Rietig, Christian Bilfinger, International Reports, April 2017 more...

Showdown Ahead?

Border Conflicts in the South China Sea and the Struggle to Shape Asia’s Destiny
The struggle over the South China Sea is a matter of international peace and prosperity. China claims sovereignty over some 90 per cent of the South China Sea with the nine-dash line and is therefore a threat to peace and free trade in the region. This article sheds light on how recent developments such as the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the presidency of Donald Trump might impact the status quo. David Arase, International Reports, April 2017 more...

From Cyberspace to Outer Space

International Politics in Seemingly Boundless Spaces
The earth has not been a suitable projection screen for the idea of boundlessness for some time. In humanity’s search for spaces without boundaries, our eyes turn to the stars on the one hand and to the virtual world on the other. But to what extent are these spheres really free of boundaries? Frank Sauer, International Reports, April 2017 more...

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