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International Reports 3/2008

On the Situation of Bulgaria’s Media | Searching for a Winner: Kenya after the Polls | Applying Germany’s Experience in the Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Region in European Foreign and Security Policy | The Khmer Rouge Tribunal – Cambodia in the Shadow of History | A Survey of Vietnam's Development in Recent Years

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  • Editorial

    Ausgabe 3/2008 der Auslandsinformationen der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

    by Gerhard Wahlers

  • On the Situation of Bulgaria’s Media and Their Contribution to the Civil Society

    Mit Blick auf deren zivilgesellschaftlichen Beitrag

    Somewhat less than two decades after the downfall of communism, things are not looking too well for Bulgaria’s media landscape. In the Worldwide Press Freedom Index, the country was relegated from rank 35 to rank 51 between 2006 and 2007. This is a compelling reason for alarm, as the freedom of the press always reflects the quality of democracy, and as the media especially should act as a corrective to the authority of the state, uncovering irregularities and pillorying abuses of power.

    by Christiana Christova, Dirk Förger

  • Applying Germany’s Experience in the Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Region in European Foreign and Security Policy

    When France’s president, Mr Sarkozy, presented his country’s initiative to form a Mediterranean union, Germany’s chancellor, Mrs Merkel, was noncommittal. Her critical reserve towards the French idea was probably motivated by both intra-European reasons and her personal experience in dealing with the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean region. Diverse trips to these areas have given Mrs Merkel a feeling for the conditions and problems of our southern neighbours.

    by Gerrit F. Schlomach

  • The Khmer Rouge Tribunal - Cambodia in the Shadow of History

    Kambodscha im Schatten der Geschichte

    It was not until thirty years after the end of its rule that the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) prepared to come to terms with the state terrorism of the Khmer Rouge in 2006. Under the leadership of Pol Pot, from April 1975 to January 1979, about 1.7 million people were executed or died from hunger, exhaustion, or disease. Under the stoneage communism of the Khmer Rouge, religion, education, leisure, money, private property, and the family were abolished.

    by Wolfgang Meyer

  • Searching for a Winner – Kenya after the Polls

    The elections held in Kenya at the end of 2007 were closely followed worldwide. The country attracted even greater attention when riots broke out afterwards which claimed more than a thousand lives and made many hundreds of thousands homeless. By now, things have calmed down in the African country, and it is hoped that the peace agreement that was concluded – not without international mediation – between the two opponents, Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, on February 28, 2008, will have the desired effect.

    by Wolfgang Ahner-Tönnis

  • A Survey of Vietnam's Development in Recent Years

    Throughout the last two decades, Vietnam has been undergoing a process of profound transformation which affects not only the economy of the country but also, and increasingly so, its political, social, and cultural life. The considerable rate at which the economy has been growing in the last six years indicates the impact of this process. In foreign policy, the country has completed a radical change of course: Having effected a reconciliation with the People's Republic of China, normalised its relations with the USA, and joined ASEAN, it now enjoys international recognition

    by Gerhard Will

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Dr. Gerhard Wahlers



Benjamin Gaul

Benjamin Gaul

Head of the Department International Reports and Communication +49 30 26996 3584

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