Publications

Development and Social Security in Asia

The future of effective social security systems in Asia depends on economic development. Following an increase in labour productivity and domestic consumption a financially strong middle class may evolve and income disparities may be overcome. Therefore, an economic policy requires a stronger focus on quality and sustainability. Paul Linnarz, International Reports, July 2014 more...

Resource Wealth and Raw Materials Boom

Challenges for Governance and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
An abundance of resources in Sub-Saharan Africa will not necessarily lead to sustainable economic growth, to the contrary: The one-sided economic focus on the extraction of natural resources has consequences for the people and the environment. What needs to be done to avoid the “resource curse”? Bernd Althusmann, Angelika Klein, Stefan Reith, International Reports, July 2014 more...

A People’s Party Reinvented?

The Dutch Christian Democrats
After the Dutch Christian Democrats suffered setbacks in past elections by agreeing to political compromises with right-wing populist parties, they avoided a further loss of votes in the European elections in May. By re-orientation and a return to their political roots the Christian Democrats make a change of policy. Olaf Wientzek, International Reports, July 2014 more...

Global Megatrends (III): Raw Materials – Explore Alternatives and Create New Paradigms

Global energy consumption and the demand for industrial raw materials are continuing to increase with the sustained rise of new economic powers. Although German politics and the German economy are already well placed in many respects regarding energy and raw material supplies, there are three areas that are manifestly due greater attention in a purposeful foreign policy. These include urban mining and the substitution of raw materials, particularly in order to reduce dependence on rare earths; establishing a dialogue on energy issues with developing and newly industrialised countries. Arbeitskreis Junge Außenpolitiker, Facts & Findings, July 2014 more...

Requirements for the Post-2015 Agenda: Greater Political Participation, Equality and Sustainability

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are due to expire in 2015. They have formed the international agenda for improving people’s living conditions for fifteen years. Several of the targets linked to theeight goals, such as halving extreme poverty and halving the proportion of people who do not have access to safe drinking water, have already been achieved. There has been little progress in other areas, such as the fight against hunger and secure jobs. While the old goals have been helpful, they are too technical. Sebastian Barnet Fuchs, Facts & Findings, July 2014 more...

European Energy Supply Security in Light of the Ukraine Crisis

Overview
The Ukraine crisis is intensifying the long-standing debate about the security of Europe’s energy supplies. On a geopolitical level, the EU’s energy interests to the east, south, and southeast are gaining salience. The idea of a transatlantic gas supply corridor has recently been proposed - it remains on the drawing board because of costly infrastructure requirements and stiff competition for energy from Asia. Within the EU, the Ukraine crisis is providing further impetus for the shift of political priorities away from climate concerns and towards policies focused on security and competition. Christian Hübner, Facts & Findings, June 2014 more...

Ten Myths Used to Justify Russian Policy in the Ukraine Crisis

The political upheaval in Ukraine has placed territorial and social cohesion, as well as the country’s financial and economic viability, at stake. The events in Crimea have recently made clear that this critical destabilising effect primarily emanates from pro-Russian forces or actions by Russia itself. The arguments used by the Kremlin to justify their actions have proven to be incorrect on closer examination. A number of Russian arguments have been met with understanding. The following description therefore serves to debunk the Russian government’s main arguments as myths. Jasper Eitze, Michael Gleichmann, Facts & Findings, June 2014 more...

The Governability of the Multinational State of Nigeria

Is Decentralisation the Solution or Part of the Problem?
Nigeria is extremely difficult to govern and has been put to the test many times. President Jonathan recently invited 500 representatives from across the country to come to Abuja for a major National Conference, discussing how to safeguard Nigeria’s future unity and its national development. But the latest attacks by religious extremists overshadow this endeavour. Mathias Kamp, International Reports, June 2014 more...

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