Publications on the subject of security

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What's next for the United States?

Part 5: Innovation and Digitalization Policy

How is the Biden Administration changing the direction of the United States? The KAS Office USA takes a first look, in a series of five country reports. This report highlights the 46th President’s specific positions, policy proposals, executive orders and key appointments in the executive branch with respect to innovation, science and digital policy.

Office of the High Representative (OHR)

''Future as a duty'' – the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina

A new High Representative will assume office in Bosnia and Herzegovina over the coming months. Valentin Inzko, an Austrian, has been holding this position since 2009. He made repeated efforts to maintain a diplomatic and fair relationship with the key political actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina. An important pre-requisite for the work of a High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina includes vast political experience and support by the international community. An important step for the second pre-requisite has been made with the inauguration of the US President Joe Biden: It is expected that the United States of America and the European Union will again closely coordinate their political engagement in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the neighbouring countries.

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Libya's fateful year

Where does Libya stand one year after the Berlin Libya Conference?

2020 Libya set an important course for achieving (security-relevant) political and economic progress towards a sustainable political solution to the conflict that has been ongoing since 2011. The Berlin Conference on Libya convened by Chancellor Merkel on 19 January 2020 was a significant contribution on that way. Parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled to take place in the North African country on 24 December 2021. The first weeks of this year will show whether this remains a realistic scenario. If the agreed deadline to withdraw all foreign fighters from Libya by 21 January is not met, Libya will once again start an uncertain and probably turbulent year.

Hacking the Electorate

On the Use of Personal Data in Political Campaigning

Datengetriebene politische Kampagnen sind kein neues Phänomen. Sie bedienen sich vielfältiger Werkzeuge, haben Zugriff auf immer mehr Daten und sind in der Lage, Wähler zu beeinflussen. Demokratie und Rechtstaat sind weltweit herausgefordert. Eduardo Magrani, EIZ Fellow 2019/2020 der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, untersucht anhand eines Vergleichs des europäischen und des brasilianischen Rechtsrahmens die Digitalisierung demokratischer Prozesse.

Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries | Part 1, 2, 3

Overview

In these three issues of the series "Analyses & Arguments", the Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts provides recommendations for the strategic orientation of German foreign policy, German economic and technology policy and security and defence policy.

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Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries, Part 3

Part III: Security and defence policy

Germany and the EU are finding themselves in a world of great power rivalries and systemic competition, which have an impact on almost all aspects of international relations including multilateral cooperation, world trade, technology policy and security policy. What political strategy should Germany follow? The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts addresses this question with policy recommendations for Germany's security and defence policy.

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Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries, Part 2

Part II: Economic and technology policy

German economic policy is facing many challenges – the Covid-19 pandemic is only the latest in a long line. These began with the economic stagnation of large swathes of Europe, moving on to the trade war between the US and China and Europe, and the challenges of electromobility faced by German car manufacturers. Germany and the EU have to come up with some creative answers. The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts addresses these issues and provides policy recommendations in this paper.

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Does the Internet Deliver?

Eight Values as a Yardstick for the Production, Moderation and Regulation of Public Communication on the Internet

The internet has raised many expectations, but has it fulfilled its role as a tool to promote freedom of speech and weaken the efforts of autocrats and others who favor censorship? Has it provided equal access to information and the free exchange of opinions? Some would argue that the internet has brought about surveillance, polarization, filter bubbles, and the digital divide. But is further network regulation necessary? Diverse opinions exist in response to these questions, but what are the facts? What scientific findings can be presented today? Together with Christoph Neuberger, we've defined eight values as criteria to help answer one deceptively simple question: Does the internet deliver? Following this introduction, you'll find a collection of eight short texts, each of which seeks to answer this question using one of the values we've identified. Readers should feel free to either read in chronological order or skip around to those they find to be of interest.

Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries, Part 1

Part I: Strategic foreign policy

Germany and the EU increasingly find themselves in a world of great power rivalries and systemic competition. This is affecting almost every aspect of international relations – hampering multilateral cooperation, impacting world trade and technology policy, and having an effect on conflict situations linked to security and defence policy. What strategy should Germany follow here? The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts addresses these challenges and provides policy recommendations in this paper.

Systemic Challenge: Geopolitics in Times of Corona

Dr. Johann Wadephul MdB on the foreign policy consequences of the corona pandemic for Europe

The corona pandemic acts both as a catalyst and incubator of geopolitical change. Dr. Johann Wadephul MdB outlines the first trends and the foreign policy consequences for Europe.