Facts & Findings

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Economy as an Engine for Change

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

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.

Crisis Management in the Euro Area: Why Europe's Policy is on the Right Track (Online-Publication)

The aim of this article is to show that the crisis-driven pragmatism of politics is an appropriate way of resolving the problems in the currency area and placing the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) on a new, more stable footing. The paper will show that the policies that have been agreed at the heart of the Fiscal Compact and the Stability and Growth Pact, along with the establishment of the EFSF and ESM stability mechanisms and the planned banking union, are appropriate ways of addressing the structural defects in the EMU.

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?

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