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Asylum seekers and refugees - What makes the average German tick?

TV and online news all over the world recently pictured how German chancellor Angela Merkel was booed by a small group of right-wing interferers while visiting a shelter for refugees in Heidenau, Saxony. The refugee center near Dresden was the scene of two days of rioting by right-wing extremists before. This paper briefly examines the current public opinion in Germany based on the representative polls of the “Forschungsgruppe Wahlen”. A random sample of 1,251 Germans has been polled between 18-20 August 2015. Nico Lange, Facts & Findings, August 2015 more...

“The Potential Role of Germany in the Globalised World of the 21st Century”

A Speech Given on 27 November 2014 to Mark the 30th Anniversary of KAS International Reports
Many formerly national policy fields are matters of international politics today, as these cannot be addressed by one nation alone. Germany’s success after 1945 would not have been possible without support and exchange with the world. Today we should pass on Germany’s achievements in realms such as democracy, civil society and education to the world so that other countries may benefit from them. In this context, political foundations make a major contribution. Christian Wulff, International Reports, August 2015 more...

Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy

Retreat or Repositioning?
With his foreign policy approach based on “strategic patience” and “leading from behind”, Barack Obama seemed to implement a change of course. When taking stock of his presidency, however, Obama’s achievements appear modest. He leaves a number of unresolved issues in the areas of foreign and security policy. His successor will not only be tasked with redefining the USA’s leading role but also reforming its security apparatus. Alessandro Scheffler, International Reports, August 2015 more...

Georgian-Russian Relations

Between Necessity and Ambivalence
Tensions between Moscow and Tbilisi have eased to a certain extent. However, there are limits to a fundamental improvement of Georgian-Russian relations. As long as Russia continues to use military power and political pressure as its main foreign policy instruments, the relationship between the two countries will remain marred by confrontation, distrust and fear. Canan Atilgan, Florian Constantin Feyerabend, International Reports, August 2015 more...

One Year on from the Annexation of Crimea

One year on from the Annexation of Crimea, Russians’ attitude toward the West has deteriorated. The Russian government uses the situation to fuel patriotism and isolate critics. Besides, the Ukraine conflict shows that Russia follows its own cost-benefit ratio, neglecting its economic interests. Claudia Crawford, International Reports, July 2015 more...

Power Struggle or Religious War?

The Confessionalisation of Conflicts in the Arab World
Armed conlicts in the Arab region are often referred to as “ethnic” or “religious wars”. However, some overservers deny an ethnic, religious or tribal motivation to these conflicts. According to them, such motives are merely exploited in a struggle for power. This raises the question: To what extent are conflict parties in the Arab world driven by ethnic or religious identities? Martin Pabst, International Reports, July 2015 more...

On the Situation of Christians in Syria and Iraq

The exodus of Christians in the Middle East is not a new phenomenon. However, in Syria and Iraq things could even get worse. Pacification of the ongoing conflicts in the two countries is the only hope for the remaining Cristian population. If the exodus continues, it could lead to an isolation of moderate forces and a strengthening of radical Islamists. Otmar Oehring, International Reports, July 2015 more...

Open Markets, Prosperity and Global Standards

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
The TTIP negotiations are strongly criticized by many consumers in Germany, especially with regard to their (alleged) opaque nature, the creation of an International Investment Court and the supposedly lower level of consumer protection in the US. In view of Europe’s waning economic influence, it is imperative to seize the opportunity of a meaningful transatlantic economic area and to exert more influence on the new international economic order. Gunter Rieck Moncayo, International Reports, June 2015 more...

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