Publications

On the Wrong Track?

German Climate Policy after the Paris Agreement
The Paris Agreement has stimulated the German debate about climate protection and has once more drawn further attention to issues like the ''Energiewende'' (energy transition) or national climate targets. But what derives from the Paris Agreement for Germany? How can Germany contribute most effectively and efficiently to the development of global climate protection – and how rather not? Jasper Eitze, International Reports, July 2016 more...

Trump is Simply the End Product

The Polarisation of U.S. Politics Is the Culmination of Long-Term Trends
At the beginning of the U.S. primaries, the candidacies of political outsiders Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders invoked laughter among the political establishment in Washington. But the possibility of a candidate such as Trump actually ending up in the White House can no longer be ruled out. This article addresses a number of factors in the polarisation of U.S. ­politics and society and will illustrate that this is the result of long-term trends. Céline-Agathe Caro, International Reports, July 2016 more...

Where Putin’s Russia Ends

“Novorossija” and the Development of National Consciousness in Ukraine
In early 2014 the existence of an independent Ukraine hung by a thread. Russia had annexed the Crimean Peninsula, and with the “Russian Spring” a “hybrid” war in eastern Ukraine was initiated. At this moment the watchwords of “Novorossija” and Moscow’s “reconquering” of South-Eastern Ukraine gained popularity. Ultimately, the failure of the idea of a “Novorossija” is attributable mainly to developments within Ukraine that involved a renegotiation not only of ethno-national allegiances, but also of national and political loyalities since 1991. André Härtel, International Reports, July 2016 more...

Partnership for Reform with North Africa

Economic integration as the first step towards a comprehensive EU-Africa cooperation
A reactivation and a rearrangement of the relations between Africa and the EU are eagerly required. In addition to an intensification of the political dialogue it is essential to strengthen a long-term economic resilience of the region first. In order to achieve the intended purpose a reform partnership with North Africa - which is, from the European point of view, the most important joint to Sub-Saharan Africa as to economic, migration and security policy matters - needs primarily to be striven for. Christian E. Rieck, Gunter Rieck Moncayo, Olaf Wientzek, Facts & Findings, June 2016 more...

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...

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