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NATO-Brazil Relations

by Robert Helbig

Limits of a Partnership Policy
This paper assesses the potential of a partnership between NATO and Brazil, based on interviews with over twenty high-level experts on Brazilian foreign policy. Because building international partnerships has become a vital task of NATO and since Brazil is seeking to increase its influence in global politics, senior NATO officials have called for the Alliance to reach out to Brazil. The paper argues that NATO would be unlikely to succeed in establishing a genuine partnership with Brazil because Brasília’s foreign policy-makers envision a world order different from that for which NATO stands.


Germany’s Foreign Policy and the "Energiewende"

by Christian Hübner

Action Areas and Approaches
The manner in which the implementation of Germany’s transformation of the energy system (Energiewende) is being achieved is characterised by a considerable dynamic. There are no blueprints for Germany to refer to. In addition, this shift in energy policy is taking place at a time of great economic and thus geopolitical change in the global energy landscape.


Der Einheitslehrer - braucht er ein Einheitsstudium?

by Rainer Dollase

Die Diskussionen um die PISA-Ergebnisse haben nicht nur zu strukturellen Veränderungen des deutschen Schulsystems geführt, sondern auch zu einer Debatte über die Reformierung der Lehrerausbildung. Im Mittelpunkt der folgenden Ausführungen steht die Neuausrichtung der Lehrerausbildung in Baden-Württemberg, die eine Vereinheitlichung der Lehrerausbildung zum Ziel hat.


European Island Solutions as a Basis for Strengthening European Defence Capabilities?

by Maik Zarandi

For the first time since 2003, a session of the European Council dedicated to European defence and security policy will take place. Thefact that the heads of state and government will be addressing this subject matter will provide a significant opportunity to give new impetus to concepts – which up to now have in many ways been lacking – for the project of strengthening Europe’s defence capabilities at the very highest political level. One approach that could potentially produce significant progress involves the concept of “island solutions”.


The fight against piracy

by David Petrovic

One aspect of Germany‘s maritime security
David Petrovic takes up this issue and examines more closely one of the key areas of maritime security – the fight against piracy. As Mephistopheles said in Goethe’s Faust: “War, trade, and piracy, allow, as three in one, no separation.”


December Summit – Last Chance?

by Olaf Wientzek

Impulses for the revitalisation of the common security and defense policy
The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) of the EU has so far rarely met the expectations. Lately, it has only played a marginal role in conflicts with European involvement. In the aftermath of the Libyan conflict, there was even some talk of the “demise” of the CSDP. Contrary to numerous predictions, so far the cuts in national defence spending caused by the economic and financial crisis have not produced the necessary political will for greater cooperation.


Economy as an Engine for Change

by Anne Elisabeth Ludwigs

Opportunities of Increased Engagement in the Maghreb
This paper sets out the essential challenges and obstacles for sustainable economic development. Based on this information, concrete recommendations for German (and European) policy makers are formulated which may help to sustainably promote the region’s development potential by means of concerted know-how transfer.


A Fragile Value Chain

by Peter Hefele

The Need for German Maritime Engagement
Reliable maritime lifelines are the foundation of our prosperity, yet in the face of new threats the fragility of global maritime trade routes has massively increased over the past several years. German society and the economic sector are not adequately attuned to this. This paper analyses the significance and the complex challenges confronting Germany as well as other industrial nations in securing their maritime lifelines.

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