Publications

After the Wales Summit: An Assessment of NATO's Strategic Agenda

Two weeks after the NATO Summit in Wales the Konrad Adenauer Foundation invited a select group of experts and officials to discuss the results of the Wales Summit and the challenges that lie ahead. The participants provided concrete recommendations for German policy-makers regarding Berlin’s role in influencing NATO’s prospective strategic focus. Among the most pressing issues discussed were the current situation in Ukraine, possible ways of how to react to Putin’s aggressive demeanor in the long run, and how to adapt NATO’s tasks and capabilities accordingly. Aylin Matlé, Alessandro Scheffler, Facts & Findings, November 2014 more...

25 Years of German-Hungarian Relations since 1989, the Year the Iron Curtain Fell

Because of the opening of the border in the late summer of 1989, Hungary showed great humanity to the refugees from East Germany. Therefore, the “year of miracles” became a key moment in the bilateral relationship, when not only the Germans developed great sympathy for the Hungarian people. 25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain shows good timing to look back on those moving events and to assess the relationship between the two countries. Bence Bauer, LL.M, András Hettyey, International Reports, November 2014 more...

Perspectives on Reunified Germany

Impressions from Poland
Poland and Germany share a history of ups and downs. It took time, rapprochement and reconciliation to heal the wounds of the past and to do away with mutual resentments. Today, the majority of the Polish people clearly support the cooperation with their neighbors. In addition, both countries are considered to be a strong tandem at the European level. Aside from the overall harmony some disagreement does exist as well. Bartosz T. Wieliński, International Reports, November 2014 more...

The German G7 Presidency

An Opportunity to Assume “New Responsibility” in International Politics
The G7 is a powerful political network in the sphere of international relations. For more than three decades, the group of the most important industrialized countries has been coordinating itself in various areas. In June 2014, Germany has taken over the G7 presidency which raises the question of its international responsibility. What could the agenda of the German government look like in order to agree with its partners on political steps at the G7 summit next year? Daniela Haarhuis, International Reports, November 2014 more...

The Middle Classes in Latin America

Media Hype and Detailed Analysis
The World Bank estimates that the Latin American middle class has grown to 152 million people between 2003 and 2009. However, a political or societal debate on the sustainability of this ongoing trend appears to be insufficient. What remains is an ambivalent feeling. Poverty is decreasing, growth is being praised, whereas risks and negative side effects are neglected. Therefore, a critical analysis of the consequences of the growth of the middle classes in Latin America is necessary. Stefan Jost, International Reports, October 2014 more...

Brazil’s New Middle Class

Here to Stay?
More than ten years ago, one third of Brazil’s population lived below the national poverty line. Today, more than half of them belong to the middle class. Members of this group are trying to find their societal and political role. They are worried about how to secure their new modest wealth. What are the chances to consolidate and continue this success? Friedrich Christian Matthäus, Kathrin Zeller, International Reports, October 2014 more...

Change in Government in the World’s Largest Muslim Country

More than 190 million Indonesians were called to the polls in July to elect a new president. The winner is Joko Widodo, Jakarta’s former governor and a favorite of the media. In order to enforce his ambitious reform agenda parliamentary and political power within his party are required. Jokowi enjoys both of these only to a limited degree. Jan Woischnik, International Reports, October 2014 more...

The German G7 Presidency (III)

Climate Policy: Develop Emissions Trading System. Advance the Transformation of the Energy System. Enhance Adaptability.
Featuring the global climate conference in Paris, 2015 will be a key year in the fight against climate change. One of the main aims of the G7 Summit should be to forge a consensus on climate change for a follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol within the G7. To achieve the two-degree target, the focus must remain on the avoidance of emissions. For this purpose an effective emissions trading system should be developed. Moreover, the superior climate technologies in possession of the G7 nations should be capitalized on in the framework of technology, capacity and scientific partnerships. Arbeitskreis Junge Außenpolitiker, Facts & Findings, October 2014 more...

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