© Finbarr O’Reilly, Reuters

Dedicated Democrats against the Global Trend?

Attitudes towards Democracy in Africa

Africa contains more transitional democracies than any other world region. Could the crisis of the liberal world order draw the continent towards authoritarianism? This article suggests that Africa’s democratisation may continue despite the current global trend towards illiberalism. Survey responses from 36 societies on the continent reveal a widespread commitment to the practices and principles of liberal democracy.

© Carlo Allegri, Reuters

Down with Defeatism!

On the Crisis of the Liberal World Order

The crisis of the liberal world order is a crisis of self-confidence above all else. Despite all our self-criticism, we must not fall prey to defeatism, but should instead reflect on our own strengths and continue the success story of the last 70 years.

Benoit Tessier, Reuters


The liberal world order is in crisis. Signs of internal disintegration combined with new external challenges are creating a maelstrom of conflicting interests that certainly gives grounds for concern. The fact that, now of all times, the United States is increasingly abandoning its role as defender and guarantor of the “Pax ­Americana” is seriously exacerbating the situation and poses the question: who will save the liberal world order?

© Damir Sagolj, Reuters

Is Europe’s Future in Asia?

The Asia-Europe Meeting as an Instrument of the Rules-Based Multilateral Order

The world order as we have known it for decades is in turmoil. Countries in Europe and Asia in particular have been profiting from the rules-based multilateral order which provided them with security and allowed them to prosper. Therefore, they are strongly affected by the current volatility. Instead of relying on other powers, countries in both regions should work together and proactively shape the future of multilateralism through the Asia-Europe Meeting.

© Edgar Su, Reuters.

Region by Region

China’s Advances into the Indian Ocean

China’s advances into the Indian Ocean are without precedent. India is hemmed in and Europe stirred. With the New Silk Road, Beijing is creating conditions that will determine the nature of this trading area. But the reaction is perplexity and temporisation. Yet, Europe still has time to defend its interests on the basis of its own geostrategy.

© Mohamed Abd El Ghan, Reuters

The Arab World Struggles for Order

Beyond Autocrats and Islamists – Is there a Liberal Alternative?

The old order of the Arab world, which emerged from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War and was influenced for decades by post-colonial autocracies, is disintegrating. State collapse and the restoration of authoritarian regimes, religious radicalisation, and jihadist terror have long since dispelled the hopes for liberty and true participation in government raised by the “Arab Spring”. Do liberal forces still have a chance?

The Rediscovery of Latin America

Europe’s Partner for Global Governance?

While the international order is increasingly characterised by new competition between liberal economic and societal systems on the one hand and authoritarian, state-capitalist models on the other, Latin America is becoming more and more a focus of German and European foreign policy. China’s increasingly confident claim to global leadership and the withdrawal of the US as guarantor of an international order influenced by Western values are leading many to recall a sub-continent which had previously led a shadowy existence in international politics, but which in fact plays a central role in the continued existence of a liberal-democratic multilateral world order.

© racken

“The EU’s Normative Appeal Ought Not to Be Underestimated”

An interview with Olaf Wientzek, European Policy Coordinator at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

© Mohammad Tauheed / flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0

Myanmar und Bangladesch – ein gestörtes Verhältnis

Am 7. November bestellte das Außenministerium Bangladeschs den Botschafter Myanmars ein, um ihm eine Protestnote zu überreichen. Grund dafür war ein Vorfall, der sich drei Tage vorher an der gemeinsamen Grenze beider Länder ereignete: Myanmars Grenzschutz soll am 4. November das Feuer auf das Territorium Bangladeschs eröffnet und dabei zwei Menschen verletzt haben. Bei den Verletzten handelt es sich nach Presseberichten um einen Bangladeschi und einen Rohingya aus Myanmar, welcher im Flüchtlingslager in Cox’s Bazar lebt. Myanmar stritt diese Vorwürfe ab. Dieser Vorfall ist nicht der erste in der Grenzzone zwischen beiden Ländern. Er steht symptomatisch für ein in nahezu jeder Hinsicht schwer gestörtes Verhältnis zwischen den Nachbarn.

Johanna Frank

Demokratien in Bedrängnis: Wie kann autoritären Entwicklungen Einhalt geboten werden?

(III): Zivilgesellschaft

Weltweit werden offene Gesellschaften durch antiliberale Entwicklungen im Inneren und autoritäre Kräfte von außen herausgefordert. Angesichts solcher Entwicklungen stellt sich die Frage, ob und vor allen Dingen wie der politische Westen, der selber nicht frei ist von inneren Fliehkräften, seine Außenpolitik weiterhin auf die Förderung demokratischer Prinzipien und Strukturen ausrichten sollte. Das vorliegende Papier des Arbeitskreises Junge Außenpolitiker analysiert, wie zivilgesellschaftliche Akteure auf zunehmenden Autoritarismus auf unterschiedlichen Ebenen reagieren können.

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