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Nicaragua’s dream to build its own canal

Chinese investor begins mega project – outcome uncertain

It is questionable whether construction of the Nicaragua canal will ever be finished. The project is disputed with regard to domestic affairs, as it presents a technical challenge and is financially fairly risky. Nevertheless, President Ortega and a Chinese investor attempt to make progress with the project.

Positives and Negatives: Dayton Peace Agreement 20 years on

20 Jahre Friedensabkommen von Dayton

Twenty years after Dayton, Bosnia-Herzegovina is still in the process of transitioning from a post-conflict society to a slowly stabilizing society. In the context of the integration process, the EU mainly expects Bosnia-Herzegovina to "speak with one voice".

Rich in resources – yet still poor

Senegal’s mining projects as a challenge for government and civil society

Senegal is a country blessed by nature with resources: gold, iron, marble, phosphate, titanium and petroleum are coveted resources. However, the socially viable extraction of these resources is vital to the social and political stability of the country.


Assuming responsibility in the world cannot be limited to the military sphere. Of course Germany must be prepared to fulfil its responsibilities towards its allies and deploy soldiers if the need arises. In light of the international threats, Germany must not abdicate its responsibilities in this area. But assuming responsibility means more than that.

Georgian-Russian Relations

Between Necessity and Ambivalence

Tensions between Moscow and Tbilisi have eased to a certain extent. However, there are limits to a fundamental improvement of Georgian-Russian relations. As long as Russia continues to use military power and political pressure as its main foreign policy instruments, the relationship between the two countries will remain marred by confrontation, distrust and fear.

Inconclusiveness As a Guiding Principle?

Six Decades of South Korean Unification Policy

The question of the quality of inter-Korean relations and the inevitably associated debate on the reunification of the two countries on the Korean Peninsula do not generally lead to escalations in everyday politics in South Korea. On the contrary: There is the impression that this issue is on the country’s political agenda particularly because it is considered "good form" to address it.

Japan 70 Years on from the End of the War

Balancing Act en Route to a New Security Architecture

The conservative head of government, Shinzo Abe, is due to make a statement in mid-August on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender. Experts worldwide have already been discussing the content of this statement for months. The main question is the wording that will be used to acknowledge Japan’s role in World War II and as a colonial power.

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