Publications

KAS katoptron #04 - The Greek Pension Tragedy: A case of failure in Governance

An analysis of the Greek pension system reform by the economist Dr. Platon Tinios, Assistant Professor at the University of Piraeus and Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics April 2016 more...

From Local Actor to Global Threat

The So-Called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria
With the onset of the crises in Syria and Iraq, the political environment in the Levant has continued to sustain a steep security decline since 2011. The dreaded prospect of spillovers into neighboring countries at the beginning has now become a reality. The self-styled Islamic State and other international militant Islamist groups operating as belligerents in the Syria and Iraq crisis constitute a grave long-term challenge for the international community. Malte Gaier, International Reports, April 2016 more...

The Return of the Terror Tourists

Foreign Terrorist Fighters as a Challenge for Germany and Europe
The Paris and Brussels terror attacks proved the reality of a threat that the security authorities warned of long ago: European citizens who travel to conflict regions, for example, to fight in Syria for the so-called Islamic State return to Europe as perpetrators of terror attacks here. This article examines the causes of the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs), and evaluates the best strategy for Germany and Europe to address the challenge. Kristina Eichhorst, International Reports, April 2016 more...

Jihad instead of Democracy?

Tunisia’s Marginalised Youth and Islamist Terrorism
Five years ago, Tunisians brought down their authoritarian regime, triggering a series of protests and transformation processes in the Arab World, which in turn had a great impact on Europe. Tunisia remains to be the only country in the region that has successfully transitioned from authoritarian rule to democracy. Notwithstanding, radicalization among young people is posing a threat to the country’s democratic transition, as many feel barred from the country's life. Thus, for many of those lacking prospects, “jihad” – whether abroad or at home – is rendered an ostensibly luring alternative. Edmund Ratka, Marie-Christine Roux, International Reports, April 2016 more...

A difficult nexus of relationships?

Study: A comprehensive view of the USA, Germany, Israel and the Palestinian Territories
With this study, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and its offices in Israel and the Palestinian Territories draw on the success of its examination “the Holy Land and the Germans” which was presented in January 2015 on the anniversary year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany and it received wide publicity in the media and in academic discussions in both countries. This new survey provides the opportunity to draw on insights from the data which were compiled in December 2014 and to detect new developments on the basis of this. Michael Borchard, Lars Hänsel, Marc Frings, March 2016 more...

Supporting the Rule of Law Worldwide

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Rule of Law Programme
The aim of this brochure is to present the global activities concerning the rule of law undertaken by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to a broader public. January 2016 more...

The Central Mediterranean Route

Proposals for a more effective strategy to combat people smuggling
The movement of refugees across the Mediterranean will remain at its current high level in the coming years. A military mission of the European Union will only marginally reduce people smuggling across the Mediterranean because it fails to address the demand for such smuggling. Any move to tackle the causes of refugee movements requires the strengthening of the weak states involved. Dustin Dehez, Franziska Stahl, Facts & Findings, January 2016 more...

"The EU Is the Only Answer"

Interview with Hans-Gert Pöttering
The European Union has already overcome many crises where an agreement had initially appeared out of reach. We must not make the mistake of ignoring the different opinions of the member states in the current challenges and keep in mind that the EU is the only answer. Hans-Gert Pöttering, Martina Kaiser, International Reports, December 2015 more...

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