Publications

The International Start-Up Scene

Framework and success stories
Start-ups form the basis of the thriving economy of tomorrow. They encourage innovation, they create employment and they generate wealth. This book shows this and its authors are confident that many of the book’s readers with their own firms will find in it ways of solving problems they are facing. Most of all, we hope that it encourages individuals to take that exciting and challenging first step into entrepreneurship. May 2016 more...

Reading Iran’s Economic Indicators

A closer look at the main economic developments
Two important events have generated a psychological momentum in the Iranian economy, i.e. the implementation of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action1 (JCPOA) on 16 January 2016 and the twin elections that were held on 26 February 2016. The first event will pave the way for sanctions relief and the election results will empower the moderate forces in the Iranian political system to introduce the needed legal and structural reforms to improve the country’s business climate. May 2016 more...

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...

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