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A Breakthrough at Long Last?

On the Revival of the Israeli–Palestinian Joint Water Committee
The crisis-ridden Middle East is among the world’s water scarcest regions. The issue of the equitable distribution ofthe cross-border resource water regularly fuels conflicts. Unresolved water issues are proving to be an obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The decision to revive the Israeli–Palestinian Joint Water Committee has led to a rapprochement in the water sector after years of inactivity. Will the breakthrough now succeed? Marc Frings, Johannes Lutz, International Reports, October 2017 more...

Big Lake, Big Problems

Is There Still Time to Secure the Water Resources Lake Victoria Provides?
Lake Victoria is essential to the lives of over 30 million people. Water pollution, resource exploitation and a lack of regional cooperation are threatening its ecological balance. The situation is exacerbated by the high population growth rate. There are justifiable doubts as to whether the future of the essential water resource provided by Africa’s largest lake is secure. Daniel El-Noshokaty, International Reports, October 2017 more...

Private vs. Public

Thoughts on Regulatory Matters Relating to Water Supply in Latin America
While the wave of public service privatisation in Latin America is waning, the underlying issue of regulation remains unresolved. The failure of many projects in the water sector after some initial successes shows that huge challenges remain, whether the water supply is in public or private hands. This is in part due to a failure to engage in a debate about a stable governance model for the region. Gunter Rieck Moncayo, Maximilian Wichert, International Reports, October 2017 more...

Coercive Water-Diplomacy

Playing Politics with the Mekong
In Asia, water has become a critical non-traditional security issue. Reduced water flow, resulting from Chinese hydropower dam construction, threatens food and socio-economic security. Simultaneously, China gains a potent political instrument with the ability to “turn off the tap”. The Mekong demonstrates the region’s need for rules-based institutionalised water cooperation. Rabea Brauer, Frederick Kliem, International Reports, October 2017 more...

Rwanda as a Model?

On the State of Development in Rwanda and the Country’s Significance as a Role Model for Africa
Stemming the flow of migrants from Africa requires new initiatives to promote economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The challenge is to fight the causes of flight and open up prospects for the African youth in their own countries. Rwanda is seen as a prime example of successful development, in part due to large-scale international support. Is its development concept truly pioneering and transferable to other countries? Peter Molt, International Reports, October 2017 more...

A Shadow of the Past?

Latin America’s Fight against Corruption
News stories about corruption cases in Latin America are ubiquitous. Most recently, the bribery scandal relating to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht made headlines worldwide. Despite or maybe because of these frequent bad news stories there has been a significant increase in anti-corruption measures in Latin America since the beginning of this year. The continent still has a long way to go in its efforts to fight corruption effectively. But there are signs that a turnaround may for the first time finally be possible. Marie-Christine Fuchs, International Reports, October 2017 more...

New Impetus for a Strong and Sustainable European Union

Creative Courage
The challenges EU is facing are manifold. Priorities are: the European Union’s Single Market needs to be developed further and the Eurozone must become more stable; the free movement of workers as the Social Pillar of the EU; far-reaching reforms in the areas of security and defence; the relationships with our neighbours and new kinds of cooperation, although there have been initial important achievements towards the refugee crisis, we need a common European Asylum and Migration policy. This paper seeks to show potential steps to reach these objectives. Hans-Gert Pöttering, October 2017 more...

The federal election of September 24, 2017

Despite severe losses the two Christian democratic parties attained important strategic goals. They remained as the strongest political forces in Germany. There is no winning coalition without them possible and Angela Merkel will be Germany’s next chancellor. The Social democrats gained 20.5 per cent of the votes. This is the worst result the Social democrats got in an election since the foundation of the Federal Republic. Largest gains got the Alternative for Germany (AfD). The party received 12.6 per cent and will form the third-largest group in the 19th German Bundestag. Karsten Grabow, Facts & Findings, September 2017 more...

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