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Mohammad Ismail, Reuters

New Great Games

Regional Interests in the Afghan Peace Process

The first official peace talks between the US and the Taliban, held in 2019, and the possible withdrawal of US troops announced by President Trump could end what has been almost 20 years of ­NATO presence in Afghanistan. For regional countries – Pakistan, India, Iran, Russia, and China – the developments offer an incentive to restructure the regional peace and security order.

Carlo Allegri, Reuters

Nigeria’s Hopeless Fight Against Corruption

Nigeria could be one of the richest countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Thanks to its oil and gas industry, billions of dollars flood into the state’s coffers every year. Yet, the country faces immense challenges. Extreme poverty, a weakening economy, a dilapidated infrastructure, terrorism, and organised crime are all part of the everyday life of the population. Corruption, which has been depriving the country of the resources it needs to develop, is largely to blame for the current state of affairs.

Lucy Nicholson, Reuters

The Right of Access to Information

An Important Step in the Fight Against Corruption in Morocco?

Morocco is no stranger to the global problem of corruption and the associated lack of public trust in the country’s administration. Public pressure, especially during the Arab Spring, resulted in a constitutional amendment in 2011 and people being given the right of access to information. Citizens now have the right to request non-public information held by the administration, while at the same time public bodies are required to proactively provide citizens with more information. Morocco’s Access to Information Act has been in force since March 2019, however, its adoption has been postponed until 2020.

Kacper Pempel, Reuters

Ukraine: Transparent but Corrupt?

Ukraine is the most transparent corrupt country in Europe. Corruption, oligarchy, and some mafia-like structures continue to be part of everyday life for people in Ukraine – in healthcare, education, business, customs, or the media landscape. Nevertheless, the reform efforts of the past few years have achieved increased transparency and social awareness of corruption. The German government and the European Union are providing substantial support to Ukraine; justice reform and combatting corruption are priorities.

Mike Hutchings, Reuters

When the Lights Go Out

The Impact of Corruption on the Electricity Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa

More than half of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa has no access to electricity. This is partly due to endemic corruption, the cost of which hampers the expansion of energy infrastructure. In the fight against corruption, it is vital to strengthen good governance and build effective, accountable state institutions as set out in Goal 16 of Agenda 2030.

Evangelicos y Poder en América Latina 2da Edición

Evangelicos y Poder en América Latina 2da Edición

"RiseUp4Rojava"

Der Konflikt in Nordsyrien und die Kurdensolidarität im Linksextremismus

Die militärischen Interventionen der Türkei in Nord- und Nordostsyrien seit 2016 bis heute dienten vornehmlich dazu, ein kurdisches Autonomiegebiet in Syrien zu verhindern. Ein solches hatte sich nämlich in den Wirren des syrischen Bürgerkrieges und im Zuge des erfolgreichen Abwehrkampfes gegen den „Islamischen Staat“ (IS) sukzessive herausgebildet – unter dem Namen „Rojava“. Dieses steht nicht nur für den kurdischen Wunsch nach Selbstverwaltung, sondern auch für eine sozialistisch-demokratische Utopie, die auf Seiten der demokratischen und extremistischen Linken international große Anerkennung findet. Das Thema „Kurdensolidarität“ ist mithin seit 2014 zu einem wichtigen emotionalen und strategischen Kampagnenschwerpunkt in der linksextremistischen Szene geworden. Neben den ethnisch-religiösen Spannungen zwischen Islamisten und Kurden und Türken und Kurden geht somit auch vom Linksextremismus ein latentes Bedrohungspotential für die innere Sicherheit in Deutschland aus, das unmittelbar mit den Geschehnissen in Nord- und Nordostsyrien verbunden ist.

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A WTO in crisis – but not at breaking point

World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) dispute settlement body suspended

The Appellate Body of the WTO, responsible for settling international trade disputes, has been unable to function since 11 December. The development marks the crumbling of a pillar of the multilateral trading order. What does this mean for the cross-border movement of goods and services, cooperation between states, and the organisation itself?

Community Context and Disaster Risk Reduction

A Review from the World Perspective for Community Preparedness

The publication by Chiang Mai University’s two academic centres – Urban Design and Environmental Studies Centre and Social Research Institute – will provide target readers, which consist of local government officials, community leaders, and citizens, knowledge and practical global case studies to be applied with local contexts. Moreover, the publication will act as one of media tools to increase public awareness in disaster risk reduction and to demonstrate a science-policy platform for the public policies as well as local practicality that derived from democratic decision-making value.

Rule of Law Handbook on Environmental Law (in Burmese)

This publication is part of our Rule of Law Handbooks series, and aims to inform a large audience about the international standards on environmental laws and Myanmar’s application of these. We hope to encourage more public participation on these issues in order for Myanmar’s sustainable development to be envisioned and carried out in an inclusive manner.

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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

International Reports (IR) is the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's periodical on international politics. It offers political analyses by our experts in Berlin and from more than 100 offices across all regions of the world. Contributions by named authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editorial team.

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.