Articles

Central Asia facing ISAF withdrawal from Afghanistan

Islamist threats and regional solutions

In 2014, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force’s (ISAF) combat mission in Afghanistan is due to end. Yet the region remains relatively stable as the fight against the ISAF troops and the Pakistani military has exhausted the capacities of the jihadists. Though a possible increase in Islamism in Central Asia is not the automatic result of the withdrawal of ISAF troops from Afghanistan, such a scenario cannot be ruled out.

Editorial

Germany has gained in political importance due to its economic strength. Germany’s neighbours and allies expect Berlin to provide leadership and orientation in foreign policy. Germany does need a culture of discussing strategic matters. Through our work relating to matters of security policy at a national and international level we are making a contribution to enhancing the strategic capability of German foreign policy.

End to an era

Transfer of power in Georgia

With the parliamentary elections in 2012 and the presidential elections in October 2013, Georgia has passed the test of democracy twice over. Georgia thereby consolidates its special position as a democratic country in a region where most political systems can hardly be considered solid democracies. The new government tries to normalize the relationship with Russia and integrate into NATO at the same time.

Global Commons

The protection of global public goods as a challenge for German security policy

Germany’s economic prosperity depends on access to raw materials, goods and ideas. All goods and knowledge must traverse unprotected transport routes – the “global commons”. These comprise the four “public spaces”: the high seas, the atmosphere, outer space and cyberspace. Even geographically remote conflicts pose challenges for Germany’s security policy.

Security Policy

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The far-right Jobbik party and the situation of political extremism in Hungary

The considerable numbers of votes the far-right party commonly known as Jobbik has attracted in elections, attacks on Roma people and the open anti-Semitism of some Members of Parliament have generated negative headlines about Hungary throughout Europe in recent years. By contrast, there has been little sign of left-wing extremism. The strength of the right-wing as well as the weakness of the left-wing extremists can be attributed the experience Hungary made with almost half a century of communism and nostalgia for Hungary’s former glory play a role.

Editorial

For some decades now, there has been a noticeable increase in nationalism in Asia. Nationalism, understood as an exaggerated perception of the importance of one’s own nation, which produces a feeling of superiority over other nations, is generating tensions and conflicts in the entire region. There is a military build-up taking place in the South China Sea and territorial disputes are on the increase.

Elections in 14 Mexican States

A Local Snapshot and a First Test of the “Pact for Mexico”

In July 2013, 14 Mexican states held elections at various levels. This latest round of elections had been eagerly anticipated as they were expected to have a significant impact on the internal politics and personnel of the both the PAN and PRD opposition parties, with potential consequences for the “Pact for Mexico” (signed by the governing and opposition parties) and for the ability of the government to successfully run the country.

Mali Secured?

The Elections Were Successful, but the Problems Persist

The new President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, is striving for an effective stabilisation of the country and for national reconciliation in spite of simmering power struggles and opposing interests within the international community. One cannot appreciate the challenges facing the President today without knowing the circumstances in which the elections took place.

Nationalism in Asia

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Dr. Gerhard Wahlers

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