Publications

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...

KAS katoptron #05 - The Greek response to the migration challenge: 2015-2017

An analysis of the SYRIZA-led coalition government’s response to the migration challenge by Dr. Dimitris Skleparis, Research Associate in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. March 2017 more...

Lessons from the stress test

What the EU has learned – and still needs to learn – from the refugee crisis
Over the last 20 months, the EU has come under a great deal of criticism regarding its response to the refugee crisis. From outside of Europe, the EU has been accused of a lack of political will and common purpose. However, the external criticism was exceeded by far by the opposition from some of the Member States and its exaggerated depiction as a policy of non-compliance by some of the media. Contact to the authors: Christina.Krause@kas.de; Olaf.Wientzek@kas.de Christina Catherine Krause, Olaf Wientzek, Facts & Findings, February 2017 more...

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