Publications

COVID-19 AND NATO: SHORT-TERM EFFECTS AND LONG-TERM CHALLENGES

Contribution to the series "The World HandCOV'd"

In a matter of only a few months the coronavirus pandemic became the dominating domestic policy driver for many countries and the primary shaper of international relations in its own right. It not only affected individual states, but also disrupted the operations of international organizations, integration blocs and military alliances. NATO is no exception. Involved in the fight against the pandemic, the Alliance also found itself faced with serious long-term challenges, which are not entirely new, but have become markedly more relevant in the new environment. So what is it that NATO gas already encountered during the pandemic and to which long-term challenges will the Alliance need to find answers?

Kampala's Air Quality is Red-Flagged

Awareness of the "Silent Killer" Remains Low

Today, polluted air is the greatest environmental risk to health around the entire world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 7 million people annually die as a result of living with polluted air. In 2019, Uganda scored third on the African continent for recording the highest and most dangerously polluted air – only Ghana and DR Congo produced worse results. In global comparison, Uganda ranks among the top 25 of countries with the highest amount of Particulate Matter (PM), an airborne contaminant which negatively affects human health. Escaping these microscopic pollutants is virtually impossible, especially in the capital city Kampala.

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The Italian Economy: a Tale of Bumblebee and Butterflies

Prof. Paolo Garonna, Universität LUISS G. Carli, Rom

Its flight is clumsy, heavy, uncertain and noisy. But it flies! Defying the laws of aerodynamics. This is the bumble- bee – and the Italian economy. In the time of the pandemic, its strengths and weaknesses have appeared patently (pandemics are excellent at this), and inextricably intertwined.

Photo: Martin Sanchez

COVID-19 Think Tank Update

12 June 2020

KAS Political Dialogue Asia provides a biweekly overview of the most important studies, analyses, and comments from Asia on the COVID -19 pandemic. The focus is on the economic, social and security implications of the crisis.

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Krisencocktail in Kolumbien

COVID-19 stürzt venezolanische Migranten in ausweglose Lage

Bislang hat die Pandemie Kolumbien noch nicht voll getroffen. Mit rund 44.000 gemeldeten Infektionsfällen und ca. 1300 Toten (Stand: 11. Juni 2020) steht das Land im regionalen Vergleich gut da. Trotz der landesweiten Quarantäne steigen die Zahlen inzwischen schnell an. Insbesondere die über 1,8 Millionen venezolanischen Migranten im Land zählen aufgrund prekärer Lebensverhältnisse und mangelnder sozialer Absicherung zur Hochrisikogruppe. Ein Großteil der Einwanderer hat bereits Einkommen und Unterkunft verloren. Zehntausende haben sich inmitten der Pandemie auf den Rückweg in ihre Heimat gemacht und erhöhen damit das Ansteckungsrisiko für die örtliche Bevölkerung und sich selbst. Da das Regime Maduro über die offiziellen Grenzübergänge nur wenige Rückkehrer nach Venezuela lässt, füllen sich die Lager auf kolumbianischer Seite schnell. Eine Ausbreitung des Covid-19-Virus im kolumbianisch-venezolanischen Grenzgebiet könnte für beide Seiten verheerende Auswirkungen haben. Aufgrund der abgebrochenen diplomatischen Beziehungen ist ein dringend notwendiges gemeinsames Krisenmanagement nicht in Sicht. Und die im Rahmen der jüngsten Geberkonferenz erfolgten internationalen Hilfszusagen sind nicht ausreichend. Um die sich anbahnende Katastrophe noch zu stoppen, bedarf es einer gewaltigen Kraftanstrengung Kolumbiens und seiner internationalen Partner.

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Weekly overview of developments in multilateral Geneva on COVID-19

(28 May - 11 June),

The „Geneva Telegram“ analyses current developments in the multilateral organiza-tions in Geneva relative to current events. During these weeks, it focuses on devel-opments in the Geneva-based organizations related to COVID-19. The pandemic does not only have a health dimension but also substantial consequences for the future of the global economy, world trade, work, flight and migration, the humanitarian sector and human rights. It also affects the multilateral system as a whole.

Advancement Strategies for Women Leadership in Myanmar Politics (in Burmese)

In this report, Dr. Kerstin Duell addresses means to further mainstream gender issues in Myanmar, notably through Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB). She explains case examples of the implementation of GRB in various Asian countries, and how it may be applied to Myanmar.

Parteien zwischen Corona und Korruption

Die Mongolei vor den Parlamentswahlen

Mit seiner wiederholten Forderung, die Abstimmung aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie zu verschieben, konnte sich Staatspräsident Khaltmaa Battulga nicht durchsetzen: Die Mongolen sind aufgerufen, am 24. Juni 2020 ein neues Parlament zu wählen. Doch die Hoffnungen, dass die Wahlen einen Neustart für den von Korruption gebeutelten Binnenstaat einläuten könnten, sind größtenteils verflogen. Zugleich erschweren parteiinterne Machtkämpfe und eine neue Wahlgesetzgebung Vorhersagen über den Ausgang der Parlamentswahlen. Mit den Chancen und Herausforderungen der aussichtsreichen Parteien beschäftigt sich dieser Länderbericht.

Advancement Strategies for Women's Leadership in Myanmar Politics

In this report, Dr. Kerstin Duell addresses means to further mainstream gender issues in Myanmar, notably through Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB). She explains case examples of the implementation of GRB in various Asian countries, and how it may be applied to Myanmar.

CHINA AFTER COVID-19: NAVIGATING BETWEEN GREAT POWER RIVALRY AND INTERNATIONAL STABILITY

Contribution to the series "The World HandCOV'd"

When China marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic in October 2019, the role of the United States in the international arena had been thoroughly reshuffled by the presidency of Donald Trump. His open contempt of multilateral institutions and policies driven by narrow interests had left allies doubting if they could rely on US support in the event of a crisis. At the same time, China has become particularly active in defining its role in the world since President and Party Chairman Xi Jinping took over leadership in 2012. He shifted China’s ambitions into a higher gear by announcing that China must “take centre stage in the world.”

Facts and Findings

Selected contributions to the series with international relevance

The series informs in a concentrated form about important positions of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung on current topics. The individual issues present key findings and recommendations, offer brief analyses, explain the Foundation's further plans and name KAS contact persons.

 

International Reports

Journal for international issues, foreign policy and development cooperation

This periodical responds to questions concerning international issues, foreign policy and development cooperation. It is aimed at access of information about the international work for public and experts.

EPP Party Barometer

The Situation of the European People's Party in the EU

The EPP Party Barometer illustrates the current situation of the EPP party family in the EU. On a non-regular basis, it provides a concise overview of current election results, polls from the member states and the composition of the party family.

Interviews

In our series "Interviews", talks and discussions are held with experts from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. on various topics.

kurzum

Concise, reduced to the essentials, but always highly topical. In our series "kurzum", our experts summarise an issue or problem on a maximum of two pages.

Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The country reports offer current analyses, exclusive evaluations, background information and forecasts - provided by our international staff.

Event Reports

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.