Publications

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...

Interjection

A Marshall Plan for Africa!?
Conventional development policy can no longer react effectively to flows of refugees from Africa to Europe and to Africa’s immense population growth. What is necessary instead is a European-African initiative, realized by a public-private partnership, with the goal of developing a conurbation in terms of economic policy, which creates completely new economic cycles as well as humane economic and social conditions in the Mediterranean – so to speak a Marshall Plan for Africa. Such a project would also be a great chance for Europe. Wolfgang Maier, International Reports, June 2015 more...

Cooperation between Antagonists

The Gulf States’ Complex Relationship With Iran
With the election of Hassan Rohani as president of Iran in 2013 and the nuclear dispute settlement between Iran and the E3+3 being under way, the Arabic-Iranian relationship has experienced a break with tradition. The time has come for the Gulf Cooperation Council to agree on a joint foreign policy towards Iran – a challenge considering the Gulf States’ particular national interests and the diverging signals coming from the two regional big players Saudia Arabia and the United States. Gidon Windecker, Peter Sendrowicz, International Reports, June 2015 more...

The 2016 German OSCE Chairmanship

Urgent Need for Reform under Conditions of Russian Veto Power
A successful OSCE Chairmanship must not only strengthen trust in the organisation in Russia, but in all Eastern European states. Their concerns pertain to all three OSCE dimensions and require greater attention. The OSCE is not simply a platform for communication between the West and Russia alone. Dustin Dehez, Facts & Findings, June 2015 more...

"Democracy must be experienced."

Annual Report 2014 | Perspectives 2015
This annual report again documents a variety of activities, outstanding events, and projects while also underscoring our staff’s high level of professionalism and expertise, as well as their commitment worldwide to democracy, human dignity, freedom and the rule of law. We are certainly most grateful to all of them. May 2015 more...

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