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Feisal Omar, Reuters

Pragmatic Giants

On the Development Policy of the Gulf States: Motives, Priorities, and the Potential for Collaboration

It is many years since the Gulf states were the “newcomers” to development policy. However, their motives and approach to development assistance differ from those of their Western counterparts. Despite this, there are areas of common interest that make it possible to collaborate with the “giants” of the Gulf.

Aziz Taher, Reuters

Ten Years After the “Arab Spring” – What Does the Region Think Today?

A Survey of Public Opinion in the Middle East and North Africa

Ten years after the start of the uprisings that swept through the Arab world, the region’s socio-economic disparities remain a key challenge. Trust in political parties and parliaments is low, but civil society organisations are highly respected. A proper civil society of engaged citizens seems to be emerging in many countries. While traditional external actors, such as the US and France, are losing influence in the region, China, Turkey, and Russia are assuming a more important role. Meanwhile, Germany enjoys high standing in the region.

Reuters

The ­­BMZ 2030 Reform Strategy

A Cornerstone for Increasing the Strategic Effectiveness of Germany’s Development Cooperation?

German development cooperation finds itself faced with fresh challenges due to the increasingly complex requirements for sustainable development and shifts in the international donor landscape. In light of this, can the ­­BMZ 2030 reform strategy enhance its effectiveness? And what strategic dimensions are needed to ensure the future viability of German development cooperation?

Tomohiro Ohsumi, Reuters

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

The Chinese Communist Party’s Influence on the Political Elite in Southeast Asia

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) knows how to interweave the economy and politics with each other. In Southeast Asia, Beijing finds fertile ground. The reasons for this are manifold, but the links have concrete consequences for Germany and the EU.

Evelyn Hockstein, Reuters

„Amerika ist wieder im Aufbruch!“

Bilanz und Ausblick nach 100 Tagen Biden-Regierung

Die Gräben zwischen Republikanern und Demokraten sind immer noch tief. US-Präsident Joe Biden lässt sich davon nicht aufhalten. Im Kampf gegen die Pandemie und für neue ­Arbeitsplätze, beim Klimaschutz und in der Außenpolitik will er zeigen, wozu eine schlagkräftige Demokratie mit moralischem Führungs­anspruch in der Lage ist. Eine Herkulesaufgabe.

Zoubeir Souissi, Reuters

Nach der Krise ist vor der Krise

In Tunesien fehlt nach wie vor ein gesellschaftlicher ­Konsens über das Gemeinwesen in der Demokratie

In Tunesien jagt seit zehn Jahren eine Krise die andere. Immer mehr Tunesier verbinden diese Abwärtsspirale mit der parlamentarischen Demokratie. Die Verschlechterung ihrer Situation liegt allerdings vor allem am fehlenden gesellschaftlichen Konsens über das Gemeinwesen und an der ungeklärten Frage, was es bedeutet, auch als Gesellschaft politische Verantwortung zu übernehmen. Eine verstärkte Dezentralisierung könnte helfen, diesen für die Demokratie essenziellen Wert zu schaffen.

Carlos Jasso, Reuters (photo montage)

Editorial

Power shifts are a fundamental phenomenon underpinning global politics. In 1990, as the bipolar world order finally unravelled, US political scientist Joseph S. Nye wrote: “Just as farmers and meteorologists try to forecast storms, so do leaders and analysts try to understand the dynamics of major changes in the distribution of power among nations.”

John Thys, Reuters

A Question of Identity

The EU Needs to Become a Global Player in the Changing World Order

The European Union’s internal structures are currently plagued by division. These rifts all boil down to a question of identity: What is the EU? At the same time, the changing world order is forcing the EU to decide who it wants to be. The answer is clear: It must take steps to become a global player.

Kacper Pempel, Reuters

Cyber Capabilities as a New Resource of Power

Conflicts in the Digital Sphere

Cyber capabilities are becoming increasingly important in international relations. States with the ability to conduct cyber operations are in a strong position to expand their scope of influence in the international arena. This is particularly true for small and medium-sized countries with few traditional power resources, as cyber capabilities allow them to seriously weaken more powerful states.

Tom Brenner, Reuters

It’s Time to Reshape the West!

“America is back!”: With US President Joe Biden, there is now potential for an ambitious transatlantic policy. We should devote all our energy to reforging the alliance between Europe and the US. Anything else would be fatal, as disunity in the West only plays into the hands of our systemic rivals China and Russia. What do we need to do right now?

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