Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

Myanmar – new breeding ground for terrorist networks?

The “Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army” (ARSA) in Focus

On 1st February 2018, a previously unknown man threw an incendiary device onto the Rangoon property where Myanmar’s de facto prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi resides. Even though security officials took the incident seriously while at the same time not wanting to overstate it, the increasing threat of terrorism in Southeast Asia has hardly been noticed elsewhere, especially in Europe. There is good reason Myanmar should be the focus of interest in such discussions.

Vietnam Quarterly Macroeconomic Report

Quarter 4 - 2017

The domestic economy, after an abnormal Q3, continued to be reported with even more impressive growth rate of 7.65% (yoy), which contributed to the overall growth rate of 6.81% in 2017, surpassing the National Assembly’s target of 6.7%. Agriculture, forestry and fishery and service sectors improved greatly compared to previous years. The number of foreign visitors set a record of nearly 13 million, contributing to the recovery of service sector. The manufacturing witnessed a tremendous growth of 14.4%, being the driving force of the whole industry sector.

100 years of the Republic of Estonia

On 24 February 2018, Estonia celebrated its official anniversary. 100 years earlier, the country's first tentative government congregated in Tallinn. The independence celebrations consisted of nation-wide flag ceremonies in the morning, a military parade in the capital Tallinn and the reception of the Estonian president in the evening, which shall continue until 2020.

Denmark debates stricter regula-tions for asylum

Leading Social Democrats are questioning the right of asylum

Similar to Germany, the Danish debate about how to treat asylum seekers and the legitimacy of the right of asylum has intensified since the migration crisis’ peak. A proposal by the social democrats (Sozialdemokraterne) caught the public off guard and led to a fierce discussion drawing either support or outright con-demnation.

Activities Report 2017

We are pleased to present you our activities of the year 2017. It provides an overview of the topics we worked on, our publications and the various dialogues we have organized in the year.

Winners and losers in politics and sports

Eine koreanische Momentaufnahme

South Korea's party system is in turmoil – while one party is in the process of dissolu-tion, two parties are merging and a new party is currently being formed. Furthermore the Winter Olympics have ended the diplomatic ice age between North and South Korea. Yet, not everyone in the South is happy with this rapprochement and the integration of Pyongyang in the games.

Sauli Niinistö confirmed as Finnish President

Finnish President gets re-elected to second term in a landslide victory

Since 1994 the President in Finland gets elected through direct vote by the people. Scoring 62.7% of the vote Sauli Niinistö is the first ever presidential candidate to get elected in the first round by securing an absolute majority straight away. The reasons for the president´s his high ap-proval ratings appear to symbolize shifts in Finnish politics.

Germany and Lebanon


Today’s three-day visit of German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to the Lebanese Republic marks the first state visit of a German head of state to the country.

Intellectual Belarus 2040

Ideas about future economic growth in Belarus

During the Congress of Scientists in Minsk on December 12 and 13, 2017 the academic elite of the country adopted the draft strategy “Science and Technology: 2018 - 2040”. The Congress was attended by more than 2.000 delegates from Belarus and about 500 international guests from the leading foreign academies of sciences and scientific and research centres.

Forced marriage rather than strategic partnership


For about two years the Republic of Belarus has been increasingly searching for the improved political and economic relations with the West. The Belarusian concept of multi-vectoral foreign policy implicates that together with better relations with the European Union, Minsk shall at the same maintain its strategic partnership with Russia. Additionally, another actor is becoming more and more prominent for Belarus: the People’s Republic of China. But at the moment the Minsk-Beijing relationship is still far from being a real partnership.

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