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.”
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?
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.
“The International System Is under Serious Pressure”
Germany’s Two-Year Term as a Member of the United Nations Security Council
For the past two years, Germany has been a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. For International Reports, Andrea Ellen Ostheimer, Head of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s New York office, talks to diplomat Christoph Heusgen about the challenges and achievements of this period, the role of China and Russia, and Germany’s foreign policy compass.
Security Policy in the Indo-Pacific
How Can Germany Turn its Words into Deeds?
In its new “Policy guidelines for the Indo-Pacific”, the German government commits to assuming greater responsibility for foreign policy to address shifts in the global balance of power and regional challenges. But what exactly could an ambitious Indo-Pacific policy look like? And what does the region expect of Germany? An analysis based on the examples of India, Japan, and Singapore.
“A New and Less Benign Strategic Area”
Australia as a Strategic Power in the Indo-Pacific Region
When Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled his country’s new defence strategy in 2020, he announced a shift towards “a new and less benign strategic area”. With the dawn of a new era, defined by the end of the unchallenged hegemony of the US and the seemingly unstoppable rise of China, Australia is starting to view itself as a regional power and the guardian of a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific. The geoeconomic and geostrategic balance of the Indo-Pacific has perhaps shifted more rapidly and dramatically than in any other region of the world. With its key position in the South West Pacific and Eastern Indian Ocean, Australia is taking on a proactive leadership role – together with like-minded partners in the region and around the globe.
Will COVID-19 Accelerate a Global Power Shift?
China’s Growing Ideological Influence in Africa
The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a fight against SARS-CoV-2 but also part of the rivalry to dominate the global narrative and to exert political and economic influence. Particularly in light of the worsening relations between China and the US, management of the pandemic
and respective policy successes or failures are becoming political issues. Accordingly, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using the pandemic on an ideological level to drive the shift in global power – with a particular focus on Africa.
The Art of Making Friends
How the Chinese Communist Party Seduces Political Parties in Latin America
China is increasingly turning its attention to Latin America’s political parties. Beijing is using lavish official visits and diplomatic pressure to yoke Latin American party officials to its geopolitical ambitions. Without critical public debate, the rhetoric of bilateral “friendship” threatens to undermine democracy in Latin America. Any belief that the Chinese Communist Party will engage in an equal dialogue with Latin America’s democratic parties remains a dangerous illusion.
Of Bridges and Gateways
Turkey’s Regional Power Aspirations
The bridge to Asia. A gateway to the Middle East and Europe. For centuries, Turkey has been considered a country linking the Western and Eastern worlds. Whether that be due to Turkish military bases used by NATO as bridgeheads to the Middle East, or the threats made by its president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to “open the gates” to Europe for the millions of refugees accommodated by Turkey, NATO member and EU candidate Turkey has been increasingly presenting the Western alliance with a fait accompli over recent years.
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.