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December 17, 2012 | The West May Regret Taking Sides In Syria

Paul Smyth: A popular revolt seeking political freedoms has become a civil war in which democratic objectives are increasingly sidelined. If Assad falls before an effective alternative government is available, a power vacuum may exist in which Islamist groups seek to rule the country. For women, liberals and minorities, life after Assad may not bring progress. …More

December 10, 2012 | Germany: The Abstention Champion

Oliver Krumme: Germany’s present foreign policy has been marked by not taking positions in crucial votes during its two-year membership of the UN Security Council. Whenever there was a decision to make, it was almost certain for Germany to abstain. Germany is the undisputed abstention champion. …More

November 30, 2012 | The EU and the Middle East: Divided We Decide

On November 29, the UN approved Palestine’s bid for being a “non-member observer state”. ++ Despite all the risks of this decision, the EU has once again shown its inability of acting unanimously. ++ While France, Portugal and …More


December 17, 2012 | Overrating China Neglects India's Prospects

Touting China as global growth engine can prove to be a deception. ++ China has to transform its internationally oriented economy into a domestically directed one. ++ China’s governmental structure, its one-child policy, an …More

December 10, 2012 | Rising Dragon

Georgi Ivanov: The ongoing financial crisis is a forewarning of America’s declining role as the custodian of global finance and China’s increasingly important role in the world economy. The hypothesis posited and analyzed here is that a multilateral global economy, led by China, is the best alternative for a stable global financial system in the 21st century. …More

November 9, 2012 | Hu's Contradictory Legacy

Political, economic and societal inconsistencies have increased during Hu’s tenure in office. ++ In foreign policy, China has made progress with regard to the Taiwan issue, but has worried Asian states and the USA with growing “hawkish” …More


December 17, 2012 | Overrating China Neglects India's Prospects

Touting China as global growth engine can prove to be a deception. ++ China has to transform its internationally oriented economy into a domestically directed one. ++ China’s governmental structure, its one-child policy, an …More

November 2, 2012 | India and the New Sovereignty in International Relations

Mischa Hansel and Olga-Maria Hallemann: With all the talk about China’s rise, people sometimes forget about India, the second most populous country on the globe. This commentary takes a look at India’s strategic thinking in light of shifting world dynamics and how India must now make decisions amidst these changes. …More

Eastern Europe/Central Asia

December 14, 2012 | US-Russian Relations: Towards The Eurasia Pivot

Cooperation between the US and Russia in international affairs still suffers from mutual distrust. ++ An improvement demands the willingness to shape a longer-term strategy addressing contemporary global challenges. ++ American …More

December 5, 2012 | The First European to Meet Obama after his Reelection

Georgi Ivanov: Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov visited President Obama on Monday and brought also the ministers of foreign affairs, defence and interior to Washington. Bulgaria is located at the crossroads of three continents and transit country for two strategic natural gas pipeline projects. Relations with the US are perhaps the best in their 110-year history. …More

December 4, 2012 | Transatlantic Security in Obama II: Gray Clouds, Silver Linings

William C. Fleeson: President Obama won a second term one month ago this week. Transatlantic security experts have predicted everything from the dismal to the miraculous. Here’s a cautiously pessimistic assessment of what the next four years could hold for defense in the Atlantic sphere. …More


November 27, 2012 | US Pivot Pitfalls and Prospects

Richard Weitz: The Obama administration has yet to find a robust balance between deterring without alarming Beijing, or assuring its allies and friends that the United States would neither abandon them to China’s growing might nor entrap them in an unwanted confrontation with Beijing. …More

November 26, 2012 | Rebalancing the Asia Pivot

While the Israel-Palestine conflict escalated, US foreign policy concentrated on “pivoting” to Asia. ++ In the Middle East, this strategy could be interpreted as lack of US interest towards the region. ++ Instead of discussing a rising Asia, the …More


July 23, 2012 | Let's Crowdsource the World's Goals This Article contains Flash-Video

Jamie Drummond: In 2000, the UN laid out 8 goals to make the world better by reducing poverty and disease — with a deadline of 2015. As that deadline approaches, Jamie Drummond of runs down the surprising successes of the 8 Millennium Development Goals, and suggests a crowdsourced reboot for the next 15 years. …More

July 18, 2012 | The Wrong Solution: Military Intervention Against the LRA

Rodolphe Casado: The African Union’s military mission to take on Joseph Kony is wrongheaded. What could have been an opportunity to show its strength has instead called the AU’s credibility into question. The mission does not address root causes, and the AU has allowed some actors to exploit the situation for their own gain.

July 11, 2012 | What Comes Next? Lubanga and the Case for Reparations

Jesse Schwartz: The conviction of Thomas Lubanga by the International Criminal Court (ICC) represents a landmark moment in both the evolution of international criminal law as well as a clarion call to those standing accused of crimes against humanity: your day will come. …More

Focus Afghanistan

December 3, 2012 | Failures of Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Afghanistan

Ahmad Rashid Jamal: This research analyzes the role of Police and Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2012. It intends to answer two questions: How do international and local actors contribute to the success or failure of the Security Sector and Police Reform? How do actors, leadership, and policies within a synchronized mission fail to build professional police? …More

November 27, 2012 | Networked Politics at the High Peace Council of Afghanistan

Reza Kateb: This MSc dissertation at the Public Policy School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol examined the effects of networked politics at the High Peace Council (HPC) of Afghanistan by evaluating the related policies and experiences of political elites who were involved in the political and policy process of this institution. …More

November 15, 2012 | NATO Assistant Secretary General Responds to Member Questions

Editorial Team: Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović has answered ten questions from members and friends. Read her responses on NATO policy on women’s rights, UN resolution 1325, Afghanistan, Arab spring, and the Balkans. …More

- Military & Police Forces

December 3, 2012 | Failures of Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Afghanistan

Ahmad Rashid Jamal: This research analyzes the role of Police and Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2012. It intends to answer two questions: How do international and local actors contribute to the success or failure of the Security Sector and Police Reform? How do actors, leadership, and policies within a synchronized mission fail to build professional police? …More

July 6, 2012 | Routes and Access are Just the Start

The politics of routes and access in the Pak-Afghan region has muddled US-Pakistan relations. ++ Following a 2011 NATO attack in Pakistan, Islamabad closed roads to the Afghan border. ++ Consequently, the US had been relying on a longer …More

May 26, 2010 | Bundeswehr: Fighting Cuts, Fearing Blood

The Bundeswehr is appealing to the Chancellor to reconsider proposed massive budget cuts. The proposed reductions are certain to undercut the military’s ability to conduct operations abroad properly. ++ Less resources in the …More

- Civil Society

May 18, 2012 | Anti-Corruption in Afghanistan and Pakistan: What Works and What Doesn't

Ahmad Rashid Jamal: Corruption is a severe problem in many Asian countries, especially in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This paper assesses the effectiveness of anti-corruption strategies and accountability in these two countries and asks: Can Anti-corruption Agencies turn into effective organizations? …More

September 13, 2010 | Women's Battle for Participation in Public Life

Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Talking about promoting women’s rights in theory is one thing. The example of Mahnaz on the other hand underlines what precise problems Afgahn girls face in pursuing an education in the real world. A program at Middlebury College shows one way out of the dilemma. …More

September 7, 2010 | Parliamentary Elections and the Security Situation in Afghanistan

Niamatulla S. Sharifi: The outcome of the elections in Afghanistan will determine whether President Karzai will succeed in attaining his goals. However, the continued weakness of the Afghan police and military do not bode well for the safe conduct of the elections. …More

- Diplomacy

November 23, 2011 | Remember the Real Values of the European Project

Niamatulla S. Sharifi: With the Eurozone at the center of the global financial crisis, EU leaders are desperately trying to find a workable solution to preserve it. But if they use the imposition of a two-tier system, or other drastic measures, they will save the Eurozone at the expense of the European project as a whole. …More

July 13, 2011 | Conflict Is Virtually Inevitable

Greg Randolph Lawson: Between China’s growing military expenditures and its aggressive stands over certain territory in the South China Sea along with concerns over an inwardly focused United States, there is a sense that the balance of power in East Asia is shifting. …More

June 15, 2011 | Canada and Russia: New Transatlantic Partners

Olga Kolesnichenko: Russia and Canada should set up a new G2 forum in order to enhance Western influence on emerging BRICS powers and to diminish any chance that a Cold War-style confrontation between the G8 and BRICS occurs. …More

- Reconstruction

July 20, 2010 | Don't Abandon Women's Role in Afghanistan

Shabana Basij-Rasikh and Zohra Safi: Promoting the active participation of Afghan women at the Kabul Conference and beyond is a vital step towards securing a successful outcome in Afghanistan. Women must play an important role in shaping the country’s democratic future. …More

April 6, 2010 | Using Cultural Cues to Guide an Afghan Exit Strategy

The US is trying to implement its “reconciliation and reintegration” strategy to start to bring the war in Afghanistan to a close. ++ This will involve dialogues between the US, Pakistan, and various Afghan parties including …More


December 1, 2011 | 10 Steps Towards a New Approach for the Balkans

As the past decade’s global war on terror and economic troubles push the Balkans further and further down the agenda, significant gains in peace and stability in the region are under threat. Whereas EU accession has long …More

July 18, 2011 | Serbia Forges a New European Identity

Elizabeth Pond: After years of resentment aimed at the West, Serbia has developed a distinctly pro-EU stance. The EU model of soft power and prosperity has led Serbia to a turning point in its relations with not only the European institutions, but also its neighbors in the historically turbulent Balkan region. …More

September 13, 2010 | Serbia and EU: A Way Forward on Kosovo

The EU has succeeded in convincing the Serbs not to place a resolution before the UN general assembly on the topic of the Kosovo. ++ The Serbs had intended to ask the assembly to condemn Kosovo’s independence as an incidence of …More


December 18, 2012 | Turkey and the EU - a Slow Alienation

Negotiations between the EU and Turkey about full membership have almost come to a dead end. ++ A breakthrough will be difficult to achieve due to the continuing criticism on Turkey’s restrictions on human rights. ++ Recent surveys …More

June 8, 2012 | Making a True Friend in Turkey

President Obama has invested much time and effort to cultivate a friendship with the prime minister of Turkey and it’s beginning to pay off. ++ Turkey’s preeminence in the region, although apparent today, was less so in 2009. ++ Obama …More

May 7, 2012 | Losing Democracy: Turkey under the AKP

Anonymous: The first election of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) brought Turkish citizens hope regarding the democratization of the country. Two terms later, opponents are imprisoned because of their political ideas, religious values are infringing on secular institutions, and power is being concentrated at the top. …More

Polar Politics

December 3, 2012 | Arctic Strategies

Abstract: “The future of the Arctic, as its ice melts by land and sea, has become a hot topic in governmental as well as academic and media circles.  Over the last decade, each of the eight countries that founded the Arctic Council - Canada, Denmark, …More

August 8, 2012 | Vying for Sovereign Rights in the Central Arctic Ocean

Balazs Ujvari: In sharp contrast to media assertions, there is an international legal framework which is applicable to the Arctic Ocean, namely the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which will be discussed in this paper, along with the practice of five Arctic coastal states. …More

April 2, 2012 | Dr. Paal Hilde, Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies

Dr. Paal Hilde is Associate Professor and Head of Section for Norwegian Security Policy at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies (IFS).
Dr. Hilde is also a senior member of His research …More

- Better Aid

May 24, 2012 | The Changing Rules of Multilateral Development Assistance

Balazs Ujvari: The established foreign aid paradigm is being challenged by the power shift occurring across the global economy. Emerging economies are beginning to change the rules of the game. This paper examines the differences in approaches between China and DAC countries in providing aid to Africa. …More

July 21, 2011 | Amid Famine, Somalia Requires Immediate Help

More than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are “in urgent need of food, water and emergency health care” as the UN declared a famine in southern Somalia. ++ Previous warnings by the UN about a drought and …More

June 29, 2011 | Right to Development and Rights-Based Approach to Development

Anush Hayrapetyan: This Master thesis explores the interrelationship between the right to development and rights-based approaches as mutually reinforcing concepts to the implementation of international development. …More

Latin America

December 3, 2012 | US Should Engage with Mexico

Despite the worldwide discussion on economic growth in the BRICs, the US might be well-advised to look more south. ++ In the coming years, the US will acknowledge an increasing Mexican influence in imports with “Made in Mexico” having replaced “Made …More

December 3, 2012 | Child-sex Tourism in Cartagena

Andrea Valencia: The purpose of this research project is to describe the factors that have led the children in Cartagena, Colombia to get involved in the booming industry of sex-tourism, including the methodology to be used as well as the literature review. …More

March 29, 2012 | US Fiddles as Mexico Flounders

The US should be more worried about a stable Mexico than states in the Middle East. ++ While violence in Syria is horrendous, more than 47,000 Mexicans have died in the drug wars since 2006. ++ Mexico City could lose control over northern parts …More


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