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From Wales to Warsaw: A New Normal for NATO?

The crises on NATO´s Eastern and Southern flank persist and have permanently changed the security environment in Europe. After the immediate measures included in the Readiness Action Plan agreed to at last year´s Summit in Wales, the political guidance marks the first step of NATO´s long-term adaptation to this “new normal”.The preparation of the political guidance has reopened the old debate between territorial defense (“Easterners”) and crisis management (“Southerners”) and considerably strained the cohesion of the Alliance.

The UK’S EU Referendum - What can the EU do to prevent a Brexit?

The referendum on the UK’s possible exit from the EU is primarily a result of the domestic policies and election strategies of the Cameron government. The member states and institutions of the EU need to take the British government’s demands for reform seriously. An honest and constructive dialogue is vital at this point, as there is a very real danger that the UK may leave the EU.

Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean

For Greater German Engagement in the Ocean of the 21st Century

The globally most significant maritime choke points, namely the Gulf of Aden, the Suez Canal, the Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Malacca, are situated in the Indian Ocean. The security challenges in the region – ranging from failing states to rivalry between major powers – pose ongoing threats to maritime security and free passage through maritime choke points. Germany’s prosperity depends on unrestricted international sea trade and unimpeded access to raw material markets. Ensuring maritime security in the Indian Ocean is therefore in Germany’s fundamental interest.

Germany’s Responsibility in International Politics (III)

Strengthening the Capability to Act in the Security Realm

In view of the wars and conflicts in Europe and at its periphery, the debate about Germany’s new responsibility in international politics has particular resonance.But what form should Germany’s new responsibility take in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable? Which instruments should be strengthened? And what initiatives should the German government initiate and further?The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provide concrete recommendations on how and where “responsibility” can be imbued with political life.

Flight and asylum

A lack of solidarity and growing populism as challenges to European domestic policy

To date, enforcing the European asylum system has been met with only limited success. Despite acknowledged difficulties, increasing pressure will in future be needed to comply with legal directives and laws. A further task of the European Union consists in securing its borders and combating the root causes of migration beyond Europe. The future task of German and European policy on asylum and migration lies in striking a balance between democratic participation in debates on refugees and migration on the one hand and responsible and ethical conduct towards vulnerable people on the other.

Germany’s Responsibility in International Politics (I)

The German OSCE Chairmanship

In view of the wars and conflicts in Europe and at its periphery, the debate about Germany’s new responsibility in international politics has particular resonance. But what form should Germany’s new responsibility take in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable? Which instruments should be strengthened? And what initiatives should the German government initiate and further? The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provide concrete recommendations on how and where “responsibility” can be imbued with political life.

Germany’s Responsibility in International Politics (II)

Topic-Specific Partnerships in Development Cooperation

In view of the wars and conflicts in Europe and at its periphery, the debate about Germany’s new responsibility in international politics has particular resonance.But what form should Germany’s new responsibility take in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable? Which instruments should be strengthened? And what initiatives should the German government initiate and further?The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provide concrete recommendations on how and where “responsibility” can be imbued with political life.

How “Islamic State” Recruits Fighters in Germany

Approaches to Effectively Preventing Islamist Radicalisation

There are over 7,000 Salafists living in Germany. Over 700 people have travelled to “IS”-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq from Germany, the number of “IS” returnees is on the rise. A historical-critical exegesis of the Quran, an expansion of Islamic religious education in schools, increased use of German as the medium in which sermons are delivered in mosques, employment of more Muslim chaplains, as well as websites aimed at young people that promote considered Islam can counter the alarming trend of increasing Islamist radicalisation.

Asylum seekers and refugees - What makes the average German tick?

TV and online news all over the world recently pictured how German chancellor Angela Merkel was booed by a small group of right-wing interferers while visiting a shelter for refugees in Heidenau, Saxony. The refugee center near Dresden was the scene of two days of rioting by right-wing extremists before. This paper briefly examines the current public opinion in Germany based on the representative polls of the “Forschungsgruppe Wahlen”. A random sample of 1,251 Germans has been polled between 18-20 August 2015.

The 2016 German OSCE Chairmanship

Urgent Need for Reform under Conditions of Russian Veto Power

A successful OSCE Chairmanship must not only strengthen trust in the organisation in Russia, but in allEastern European states. Their concerns pertain to all three OSCE dimensions and require greater attention.The OSCE is not simply a platform for communication between the West and Russia alone.

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