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2024

NATO. The Indispensable Alliance

NATO turns 75 and an increasing number of people in Germany once again recognise the organisation for what it is: the indispensable alliance for our security. What can we do to keep the United States engaged in NATO? What role can the alliance play in the Indo-Pacific and on its southern flank? And why is its partnership policy with countries from Asia to Latin America so important? Read this issue of International Reports to find out!
Thomas Imo, photothek, picture alliance.

2023

Shaping Europe Pragmatically

Europe must finally speak with one voice! We have heard that call again and again. In some cases it has been heeded, but more often, it has not – and things are not necessarily getting better. But if that is the case and the big European policy breakthrough is not to be expected in the near future, we should concentrate our energy on taking the many small, unspectacular but effective steps that will enable our continent to survive in an increasingly uncomfortable global environment. Read this issue of International Reports to learn about some of them.
Thomas Imo, photothek, picture alliance.

2023

Aspiration and Reality. On German Development Cooperation

What can and should German development cooperation achieve? Fighting poverty, of course! Economic progress, obviously! But climate protection and preventing pandemics are also on the agenda today. And the wish list seems to be inexhaustible. In this issue of International Reports, we point out why good intentions do not necessarily produce good results and why German development cooperation would be well-advised to focus on the essentials.

2023

Systemic Conflict? No Thanks! Why Many States Are Not Taking Sides and What That Means for Us

The notion of a “systemic conflict” has increasingly found its way into our discussions on foreign policy in recent years. Russia’s war against Ukraine, mounting tensions between the US and China: all these phenomena are interpreted within the framework of a clash between liberal-democratic systems and authoritarian ones. And although this interpretation might not be entirely misled, we have to face this fact: the overwhelming majority of states worldwide does not show even the slightest inclination to fit into a bloc logic of any kind or to make abstract normative issues the guiding principle of their foreign policy. To know why pragmatism should be our answer to this finding, read the new issue of International Reports!
U.S. Air Force, ZUMA Press, picture alliance.

2023

The Arctic – Between Conflict and Cooperation

Temperatures in the Arctic are rising fast, which has moved the prospect of an ice-free North Pole from the realm of fantasy to the realm of possibility. This has far-reaching implications for the entire region, which has now become part of the debate on security policy as a potential source of conflict. It is therefore worth taking a closer look at the facts and causal connections and at the interests of the stakeholders involved.

2022

Conflict-ready? Western Foreign Policy in Times of Systemic Rivalry

It has now been more than nine months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine radically changed the perceived threat in many countries throughout Europe. In Germany, people have had to face up to questions of war and peace that seemed to be consigned to the past – many for the first time in their lives. How would we respond to an attack? Can we deal militarily with a now openly imperialist Russia? What if someone else were in the White House in this situation? And are we at risk of further adversity from China, too? Until recently, such problems were almost exclusively the domain of politicians and academics. Today, they are no longer abstract.
© Kacper Pempel, Reuters.

2022

Was kostet die Freiheit? Zur Zukunft der westlichen Sicherheitspolitik

Unsere liberalen Gesellschaften stehen unter Druck, nicht zuletzt von außen. Revisionistische Autokratien versuchen immer offensiver, der Welt ihren Stempel aufzudrücken - sei es durch Waffen, wie im Falle Russlands, sei es durch wirtschaftliche Abhängigkeiten, wie bislang im Falle Chinas. Was sind wir bereit, in unsere militärische Verteidigungsfähigkeit zu investieren? Welche wirtschaftlichen Kosten wollen wir tragen, um uns unabhängiger von autoritären Staaten zu machen? Was also ist uns die Freiheit wert? Das fragt diese Sonderausgabe der Auslandsinformationen, die in Zusammenarbeit mit der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung entstanden ist.

2022

Statehood – Between Fragility and Consolidation

A state has to ensure the security of its citizens, provide public utilities, and prevent arbitrary actions and corruption. If it does not, it is considered as fragile. In such cases, it is the local people who suffer most. However, violence spurs migration, and regions beyond state control offer a perfect breeding ground for terrorists. That is how state fragility can end up affecting even geographically distant societies. Therefore, standing on the sidelines is not an option for Germany and Europe – not only from a humanitarian perspective, but also for reasons of self-interest.
© Lee Smith, Reuters (photomontage)

2022

Power and Resources – Energy, Climate, Raw Materials, and the War in Ukraine

The Russian attack on Ukraine has changed many things – not least our view of how we use resources. Previously, this view was characterised by our attempts to reconcile economic efficiency and ecological sustainability, but now this has been supplemented by something that, objectively speaking, has always been important but largely absent from public debate in Germany: power.
US Army, via Reuters.

2022

In Retreat? Western Security Policy after Afghanistan

The withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan in the summer of 2021 was far more than the disastrous end of a mission. Rather, the events raise fundamental questions about how the West perceives its foreign policy and the future strategic direction of security and defence policy. That also applies to the debate about pros and cons of deploying troops abroad and of international interventions.

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Dr. Gerhard Wahlers

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Benjamin Gaul

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Dr. Sören Soika

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