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2020

"The world HandCOV’d"

by Paul Linnarz

Assessing longer-term implications of the pandemic disruption for interna-tional security – a brief outlook on the possible direction of US security policy
This report is part of a series of publications by various authors in the framework of the "A New World?" project (May to October 2020) of the Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Belarus office.
reuters/Mary Calvert

Corona Update: USA (8) – aktuelle Studien, Analysen und Kommentare

by Sabine Murphy, Jeanene Lairo, Elmar Sulk, Syreta Haggray, Dirk Hegen, Paul Linnarz

Für die Zeit vom 15. bis 21. Mai 2020
Die Corona-Krise hat über die erheblichen gesundheitlichen Risiken und Folgen hinaus weitreichende Auswirkungen auf die Wirtschaft, Sicherheit, Forschung, Innen- und Außenpolitik sowie das gesellschaftliche Leben in den Vereinigten Staaten. Namhafte US-amerikanische Think Tanks und Experten setzen sich intensiv mit den unterschiedlichen Aspekten und Herausforderungen dieser in ihrem Umfang und ihrer Schnelligkeit beispiellosen Krise auseinander. Für einen Überblick über den aktuellen Stand der Diskussion stellt das KAS-Auslandsbüro USA mit Sitz in Washington D.C. wöchentlich eine Auswahl an Studien, Analysen und Kommentaren jeweils mit Links zu den Beiträgen zusammen.

2020

The End of the Oslo Peace Process?

by Steven Höfner

In the midst of the corona pandemic, the Palestinian leadership led by President Mahmoud Abbas announces the end of all cooperation with Israel. The decision immediately follows the swearing-in of the new Israeli government, whose coalition agreement permits unilateral annexations of the Jordan Valley and settlements in the West Bank. More than 25 years after the Oslo negotiations, the creeping disintegration of the peace process has reached its lowest point. A new peace initiative is needed.
Reuters

2020

Geneva Barometer

by Olaf Wientzek, Diana Peters, Sarah Ultes

Developments in Geneva’s International Organisations Mid-February 2020 – Mid-May 2020
The “Geneva Barometer” takes an occasional look at a few selected developments amongst the international organisations based in Geneva.
Alket Islami

2020

Albania: Autocratic Measures in the Shadows of Corona

by Tobias Rüttershoff

Demolition of the Albanian National Theatre in Cloak-and-Dagger Operation
The Mayor of Tirana engaged in a cloak-and-dagger operation to demolish the capital´s historic National Theatre. This is not the only controversial decision taken by the ruling socialists during the Corona crisis.
Reuters//Nick Oxford

2020

Corona Update: USA (7) – aktuelle Studien, Analysen und Kommentare

by Sabine Murphy, Jeanene Lairo, Elmar Sulk, Syreta Haggray, Dirk Hegen, Paul Linnarz

Für die Zeit vom 8. bis 14. Mai 2020
Die Corona-Krise hat über die erheblichen gesundheitlichen Risiken und Folgen hinaus weitreichende Auswirkungen auf die Wirtschaft, Sicherheit, Forschung, Innen- und Außenpolitik sowie das gesell-schaftliche Leben in den Vereinigten Staaten. Namhafte US-amerikanische Think Tanks und Experten setzen sich intensiv mit den unterschiedlichen Aspekten und Herausforderungen dieser in ihrem Um-fang und ihrer Schnelligkeit beispiellosen Krise auseinander. Für einen Überblick über den aktuellen Stand der Diskussion stellt das KAS-Auslandsbüro USA mit Sitz in Washington D.C. wöchentlich eine Auswahl an Studien, Analysen und Kommentaren jeweils mit Links zu den Beiträgen zusammen.
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2020

The case of KÖVESI v. ROMANIA

by Stanislav Splavnic, Hartmut Rank

The European Court of Human Rights rules: Kövesi's dismissal as head of the Romanian anti-corruption agency was illegal
The current head of the newly created European Public Prosecutor's Office, Laura Codruța Kövesi, comes from Romania. There, she served as Attorney General for six years and heades the Romanian Anti-Corruption Agency (DNA) from 2013, until she was released in July 2018 in a controversial case and after a decision by the Romanian Constitutional Court. Kövesi appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg against this dismissal. On May 5, 2020, the ECtHR ruled that her release has run against the standards of the European “Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms” (ECHR). In this (particularly in Romania) highly anticipated decision, the Court found that the Romanian state's dismissal of Ms Kövesi had violated her rights to freedom of expression and fair trial as laid down in Article 10 and Article 6 ECHR.

2020

Decentralization of the MSME Sector

A Study in Kayin and Mon States
This research focuses on decentralization and its impact on the administrative and legislative sectors in regards to the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Kayin and Mon states.
U.S. Mission / Eric Bridiers / flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

2020

Geneva between hope and disillusionment in the fight against COVID-19

by Olaf Wientzek, Diana Peters, Sarah Ultes

Weekly overview of developments in multilateral Geneva on COVID-19 
(17.4.-29.4.)
In the past two weeks, there were several encour- aging multilateral efforts to fight the pandemic. A global initiative, led by the World Health Organiza- tion (WHO) to accelerate the development, produc- tion and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnos- tics and therapeutics deserves particular attention. However, there were also various sobering exam- ples for the limited readiness to cooperate and respect agreed-upon global norms.

2020

Lebanon’s Administrative Judiciary and its Implication on the Country’s Rule of Law

by Sandy Haddad

What is administrative jurisdiction and why is it important for a country?
Countries in the MENA region currently lack thorough and stable administrative judiciary systems, which in turn reinforces the people’s lack of confidence towards it. Hence, a wave of recent reforms and changes within the administrative judiciary has appeared in order to implement and ensure the proper application of justice, as well as to increase and enhance the effective access to it.

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