Publications

One Plus Four

BRICS – Ambitions for Geopolitical Reform and Chinese Dominance
The BRICS are in crisis. The economic malaise in the ­majority of member states intensifies asymmetries within the group and thereby consolidates China’s dominance. All members use the BRICS for pursuing their own economic interests and for avoiding isolation whilst making contro­versial foreign policy decisions. But it is Beijing that strategically uses its growing influence gained by control of access to its markets and investments. Christian E. Rieck, Lars Peter Schmidt, Mark Alexander Friedrich, Jan Woischnik, Alexandra Steinmeyer, Tilmann Feltes, Claudia Crawford, Thomas Awe, Tim Wenniges, International Reports, October 2016 more...

Only Problems

How Turkey Can Become an Honest Mediator in the Middle East, Again
Turkey’s former “zero problem” policy transformed into “only problems with neighbours” as the country increasingly became obsessed with being a regional power. Despite its foreign policy failures, Turkey could still become the source for peace and stability in the region. It just needs to return to the foundational principles of Turkish foreign policy: caution, neutrality and peace. Hüseyin Bagci, Çağlar Kurç, International Reports, October 2016 more...

Run Down

Venezuela’s Road to Ruin
Venezuela is facing economic and social collapse, but the government is clinging to its failed course as much as it is clinging to power. Consequently, there is not much hope left for success for either the recall referendum initiated by the opposition or international efforts to initiate a dialogue. If no political solution can be found, the country is at risk of facing catastrophic consequences in view of the deepening crisis. Henning Suhr, International Reports, October 2016 more...

Beyond Deterrence

NATO’s Agenda after Warsaw
The landmark decision the Summit will be remembered for is the establishment of the Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP), which establishes a constant rotational (and thus “persistent”) presence of a total of four multinational allied battalions in Poland and each of the Baltic republics. With its decision, NATO closes the military gap between “old” and “new” allies by establishing a credible deterrence posture for its Eastern members. Alessandro Scheffler Corvaja, Facts & Findings, October 2016 more...

Germany’s Presidency in the G20 (III)

Global Health as a Prerequisite for Security and Stability
In December 2016, Germany will take over the presidency of the G-20. In this and two other papers, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts makes proposals as to the points which the German government should focus on, as well as ideas for resolving global problems which should be pursued within the G20. In this way, the young foreign policy experts will be helping to shape Germany’s international responsibility in a concrete way. This third paper concerns the importance of global health for security and stability. Arbeitskreis Junge Außenpolitiker, The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts, Facts & Findings, October 2016 more...

Lessons from the stress test

What the EU has learned – and still needs to learn – from the refugee crisis
Over the last 16 months, the EU has come under a great deal of criticism regarding its response to the refugee crisis. Despite a difficult beginning, the European Union has shown itself capable of taking action in many areas over the last few months and passed numerous measures and reforms. The purpose of this analysis is to describe what has been achieved over the last 16 months, highlight challenges and put forward some recommendations for action for the future development of European refugee policy. Christina Catherine Krause, Olaf Wientzek, Facts & Findings, September 2016 more...

Social Bots

Invasion of the social bots
„Social bots are software robots programmed by humans. They collect information and data, but also systematically introduce trends and key topics into social media without users being aware of it. The influencing potential – the so-called “bot effect” – is theoretically very large, but difficult to prove empirically. Simon Hegelich, Facts & Findings, September 2016 more...

Germany’s Presidency in the G20 (II)

A Sustainable Growth Pact to Improve Productivity and Crisis Resilience
In December 2016, Germany will take over the presidency of the G-20. In this and two other papers, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts makes proposals as to the points which the German government should focus on, as well as ideas for resolving global problems which should be pursued within the G20. In this way, the young foreign policy experts will be helping to shape Germany’s international responsibility in a concrete way. This second paper concerns the promotion of global economic growth. Arbeitskreis Junge Außenpolitiker, The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts, Facts & Findings, September 2016 more...

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