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Think Tank Report 3/2018

Insights into the agendas of international think tanks
In the Think Tank Report 3/2018 we take a look at: The future of mobility | Canada's new national big data strategy | How globalisation is changing income distribution | What blockchain technology can do for fragile states | Foreign interference in the next US elections | and many more... Think Tank Report, July 2018 more...

“There Are Good Reasons for Talking of a New Insecurity”

An interview with Dr. Patrick Keller, Coordinator for Foreign and Security Policy at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Patrick Keller, International Reports, July 2018 more...

An African Afghanistan?

On the German Troop Deployment in Mali
A lack of state structures, frequent attacks by Islamic extremists, poverty, and a steady expansion of military involvement on the part of Europe – in German public debate, the mission in Mali is compared to the situation in Afghanistan. Despite all efforts, strong words and support from Western nations, efforts have failed to significantly weaken the Islamists. Vast swathes of the country are beyond the control of the central government, allowing the Malian desert to become a haven for terrorist groups. Why is Germany involved, what is the situation today, and what does the future look like? Tinko Weibezahl, International Reports, July 2018 more...

Invisible Enemies

Why Viruses and Bacteria Constitute a Security Policy Issue
Diseases are hardly a thing of the past. In fact, it is quite the contrary, as the risk of rapid spread of infectious diseases is greater than ever before. For this reason and because of their drastic socio-economic consequences, epidemics and pandemics are increasingly being assessed through the prism of security. This makes health a matter of national security –and some people are still not happy with this idea. Daniela Braun, International Reports, July 2018 more...

Social Media Guide for Politicians (French pdf version)

Social Media has finally arrived in politics in Africa. Just a few years ago it was hard to convince party bosses that they should set aside funds and resources for social media. Some might have been worried to share control, others were simply not familiar with the new technologies. Now we see social media as an essential tool in many campaigns. But again it is not sufficient just to set up a Facebook account and wait for victory in the next elections – social media is a tool that should be used but without being driven by it. Now the Social Media Guide is also available in French. July 2018 more...

Ambitious plans, difficult implementation

An interim review of the European migration and refugee policy
Three years after the beginning of the migration crisis, the debate on the EU's Migration and Asylum policy is still ongoing. Where does the EU stand with its efforts to address the most urgent challenges but also to fundamentally reform the EU's Migration and Asylum Policy? What are the current and future challenges? This paper attempts to highlight the global context and to take stock of the most important successes and challenges. Finally, it presents a number of short- and long-term policy recommendations for the development of a more sustainable EU Migration and Asylum Policy. Christina Catherine Krause, Olaf Wientzek, Facts & Findings, May 2018 more...

Humanity Will Not So Swiftly Replace Itself

Interjection
Terms such as artificial intelligence and machine learning have triggered a wave of expectations, full of both hopes and fears. Hopes that we are on the brink of finding solutions to the great problems of humanity are tempered by fears, most commonly that of being made redundant. A sober look at the facts. Aljoscha Burchardt, International Reports, April 2018 more...

Rules for Robots

Why We Need a Digital Magna Carta or the Age of Intelligent Machines
We stand at a turning point in human history, on the threshold of an unknown digital future. A powerful new technology, artificial intelligence (AI), permeates every area of our lives, largely thanks to advances in neural networks, modelled loosely on the human brain. Our societies and economies have become increasingly dependent on the use of artificial intelligence. A new set of rules is needed in order to ensure that freedom, inclusion and growth are safeguarded in the future. In other words, we need a digital Magna Carta for the age of cognitive machines. Olaf Groth, Mark Nitzberg, Mark Esposito, International Reports, April 2018 more...

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