Facts & Findings

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Economic Megatrends up to 2020 - What can we expect in the forthcoming years?

The situation in which the world finds itself at the beginning of the 21st century is not an easy one. Economic upheavals and ecological problems are challenging decision-makers all over the globe. We can already envisage today that some developments relevant to (economic) policy will be instrumental in shaping the years up to 2020. This paper is to serve as a basis for discussion, providing an overview of the impending challenges in the remaining years of the current decade.

Accelerated "Energy transition" in Germany after Fukushima: An Overview of the German "Energiewende"

The concept for the German energy transition (“Energiewende”) was approved at the end of 2010. Not long afterwards, the Fukushima disaster in Japan sped up the withdrawal from nuclear power and accelerated the timetable for the intended transition. Nevertheless, the transition’s designated targets will be implemented as originally envisioned to satisfy the criteria of cost-effectiveness, energy security, and climate protection. Two years on, the German public views progress with considerable scepticism. But an in-depth analysis indicates that the energy transition can be economically viable.

After the Operations: Outlook for the NATO Summit in Chicago

The Heads of State and Government of the 28 NATO member countries will meet in Chicago on 20 and 21 May 2012. This will be the first NATO summit since November 2010 in Lisbon and the first on American soil since 1999 in Washington. In contrast to those conferences, this time no new strategic concept or similar pathfinding decisions are expected. Instead, the interim status of the present course is to be examined and announced at this implementation summit – for example, with a view toward the withdrawal from Afghanistan or setting up a missile defense shield.

NATO’s Self-Assurance: The New Strategic Concept

At their summit meeting in Lisbon in November 2010, the heads of state and government of NATO’s 28 member states agreed on a new strategic concept. The document, titled “Active Engagement, Modern Defence”, is meant to both demonstrate and strengthen the political and strategic consensus within the Alliance. It is the first of its kind since 1999, and thus NATO’s first encompassing basic policy document reflecting the experiences of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This analysis presents the strategic concept’s most important elements and comments on their political significance.

Prospects of EU-Russia Relations

The EU and Russia are two of the most important, albeit very different, global actors, with many shared interests. Both sides, however, have found it difficult to understand each other’s interests and motives. Following the recent change in leadership in Moscow this paper considers the prospects for EU-Russia relations. It argues that both sides should seek to adopt a win-win attitude rather than scoring points off the other side.

Reconciling bilateral trade agreements with multilateralism

With its communication “Global Europe – competing in the world” the European Commission has realigned its trade policy. While in 1999 the former Commissioner for External Trade, Pascal Lamy, had declared the multilateral approach within the framework of the WTO as the only and exclusive strategy to trade liberalisation, the new strategy (released in October 2006) regards bilateral trade agreements as an option. Which opportunities and which risks are connected to these agreements?

The Costs of Terror - The Economic Consequences of Global Terrorism

Terrorism undoubtedly poses a grave threat to the security of open societies. Conventional wisdom holds that terrorists also hold the power to inflict grave harm upon modern economies. Many cite the significant economic consequences of the September 11 attacks as evidence of our economic vulnerability. What were the actualeconomic consequences of September 11, the largest terror attack in history? Are modern economies in fact highly vulnerable to terrorist disruption? What future risks do different types of terrorist attacks pose for Western economies?

Global Resource Security: Challenges and Recommendations for Political Action

This discussion paper is based on the results of a conference on global resource security which, jointly sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the EastWest Institute, was held in Berlin on October 5/6, 2006. The paper describes the great challenges inherent in securing the supply of raw materials and proposes political approaches for their solution.

NATO Enlargement After the Riga Summit

Although the subject of NATO enlargement will not take central stage at the NATORiga summit, the membership question remains on the agenda. Since the lastaccession round in 2004, three countries are still official candidates for admission:Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia. The American advocacy in favor of Ukraine andGeorgia has introduced two additional countries into the membership debate. Three central questions may help in finding consensus.

“Prompt Global Strike” - A New US Strategy Takes Shape

At the core of the new strategy is the concept of “PromptGlobal Strikes”, the aim of which is to have the capacity to destroy nearly any target worldwide in very little time. What are the causes and consequences of this change in strategy, hardly taken note of in Europe? What problems might develop and where might transatlantic consultation be advisable?

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