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An Anchor in Society

The Importance of Soldiers and the Military in the USA
Apart from a short period during the Vietnam War, the American people have always supported their military, which in turn is strongly anchored in society. It knows its place within a democracy where elected politicians decide about military operations. However, like other nations, the USA is also challenged to offer its soldiers that kind of support necessary to fulfil their tasks. Elmar Sulk, International Reports, August 2014 more...

Child Abuse in Conflict

Child Soldiers in Congolese Society
Current estimates put the number of child soldiers, boys and girls, worldwide at 250,000. The biggest use took place during the two Congo Wars (1996 to 2003). The Democratic Republic of Congo and the international community have been trying not only to demobilise those children. More importantly, they have been struggling to reintegrate them socially. A difficult task. Steffen Krüger, Diana Hund, International Reports, August 2014 more...

The Relationship Between the Military and Society in Israel

The Entire Nation Is an Army, the Entire Country the Front Line
National security is inextricably linked with Israel’s political culture. In view of the Middle East conflict, the people and politicians regard a strong military as existentially important for the State of Israel. The army is reflected in society in many ways. In order to maintain this character, the Israeli Defense Forces have to take societal changes into account. Evelyn Gaiser, International Reports, August 2014 more...

Development and Social Security in Asia

The future of effective social security systems in Asia depends on economic development. Following an increase in labour productivity and domestic consumption a financially strong middle class may evolve and income disparities may be overcome. Therefore, an economic policy requires a stronger focus on quality and sustainability. Paul Linnarz, International Reports, July 2014 more...

Resource Wealth and Raw Materials Boom

Challenges for Governance and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
An abundance of resources in Sub-Saharan Africa will not necessarily lead to sustainable economic growth, to the contrary: The one-sided economic focus on the extraction of natural resources has consequences for the people and the environment. What needs to be done to avoid the “resource curse”? Bernd Althusmann, Angelika Klein, Stefan Reith, International Reports, July 2014 more...

A People’s Party Reinvented?

The Dutch Christian Democrats
After the Dutch Christian Democrats suffered setbacks in past elections by agreeing to political compromises with right-wing populist parties, they avoided a further loss of votes in the European elections in May. By re-orientation and a return to their political roots the Christian Democrats make a change of policy. Olaf Wientzek, International Reports, July 2014 more...

Global Megatrends (III): Raw Materials – Explore Alternatives and Create New Paradigms

Global energy consumption and the demand for industrial raw materials are continuing to increase with the sustained rise of new economic powers. Although German politics and the German economy are already well placed in many respects regarding energy and raw material supplies, there are three areas that are manifestly due greater attention in a purposeful foreign policy. These include urban mining and the substitution of raw materials, particularly in order to reduce dependence on rare earths; establishing a dialogue on energy issues with developing and newly industrialised countries. Arbeitskreis Junge Außenpolitiker, Facts & Findings, July 2014 more...

Requirements for the Post-2015 Agenda: Greater Political Participation, Equality and Sustainability

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are due to expire in 2015. They have formed the international agenda for improving people’s living conditions for fifteen years. Several of the targets linked to theeight goals, such as halving extreme poverty and halving the proportion of people who do not have access to safe drinking water, have already been achieved. There has been little progress in other areas, such as the fight against hunger and secure jobs. While the old goals have been helpful, they are too technical. Sebastian Barnet Fuchs, Facts & Findings, July 2014 more...

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