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Faint Praise for EU Climate Diplomacy
Faint Praise for EU Climate Diplomacy

EU and German efforts fall short in Doha

13/12/2012 | by Paul Hockenos | Near and Middle East/North Africa, Climate and Environment

The EU did more than just about anyone else at the recent UN climate summit in Doha to make progress on an array of issues that could slow global warming. But this praise is consciously faint. The meager steps forward in Qatar – like the formulation of a successor treaty to Kyoto – won’t keep global temperatures from rising less than 2 degrees in coming decades or coastal states from being swallowed up by the Pacific.

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Getting Ready for Assad’s Fall
Getting Ready for Assad’s Fall

How Germany is helping Syria's opposition plan for an Assad-free future

01/08/2012 | by Henning Hoff | Syria, German Foreign Policy

After the diplomatic debacle over the decision last year to abstain from a UN Security Council vote on intervention in Libya, Germany's Foreign Office might yet earn some redemption for its active support in helping Syrian opposition leaders plan for what comes after Bashar al-Assad's ouster.


Hey There, Neighbor!
The EU needs a cooperative and enlightened border control system
06/07/2012 | by Roderick Parkes
In North Africa, societies—and unemployment—are expanding, while Europe has an aging problem. A solution that would benefit both sides is obvious. Technocratic top-down approaches have no chance of success. And European governments need to tell their voters some uncomfortable truths.
Category Migration, Government and Society, North Africa, Europe, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Time For A Makeover
Re-thinking EU policy in the Arab world
03/07/2012 | by Nathalie Tocci
As the effects of the Arab Spring continue to re-shape North Africa and the Middle East, the EU needs to develop new strategies for dealing with the region's affected countries. But the Union must be careful not to fall back on the inflexible frameworks used for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership or the Union for the Mediterranean. The EU should pursue a more pragmatic approach that takes into account the incentives and challenges of its neighbors.
Category Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Arab countries, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Playing With Fire
German foreign policy and Iran’s nuclear weapons program
18/01/2012 | by Joachim Krause
Contrary to what many in Germany think, the United States does not seek to overthrow the regime in Iran. Instead, the US and its allies will seek tougher sanctions and limited military actions to further weaken the government in Teheran. German policy should get behind this international effort and realize that Iran is the problem, not the United States.
Category Security, Arms Control and WMD, Iran, Western Asia, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Stability in Northern Iraq
The Kurdish region and the “good hegemon” Turkey
25/06/2011 | by Friedbert Pflüger
The autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan is not yet a flawless democracy. Nevertheless, the days of war and conflict seem to have come to an end. The province is relatively stable and is experiencing steady democratization and an economic boost, thanks largely to Turkey. Now Europe should also get more involved.
Category Humanitarian Intervention, Democratization/System Change, Europe, Iraq, Turkey, Kurdistan, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Sorting Out the Iran Puzzle
Though frustrating, the international community’s Iran diplomacy has been original and, in ways, groundbreaking
01/10/2006 | by Oliver Thränert
This summer, for the first time, all five members of the UN Security Council—including Russia and China—recognized the necessity of considering sanctions against Iran. Despite their very different interests, they agreed upon a common strategy for the first time. Many European actors and other international organizations are working together too—an encouraging example of global multilateralism. European foreign policy, especially, could profit were it successful.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Iran, Western Asia, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Pakistan’s Precarious Nuclear Arsenal
Assessing the threat of Islamabad’s weapons
01/10/2006 | by Leonard S. Spector
Pakistan’s nuclear weapons may pose a greater danger than those of Iran or North Korea. President Musharraf’s weak administration has increased the possibility that new anti-Western leaders or non-state actors could seize the country’s arms. Strenghtening US and NATO nuclear deterrence capabilities is irrelevant—only a sustained program of support for Musharraf’s regime can mitigate these dangers.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Pakistan, Western Asia, Near and Middle East/North Africa
New Features of an Old Middle East
In pursuit of regional stability, give the nation state a chance
01/09/2006 | by Volker Perthes
In the Middle East today, the existence and credibility of functioning nation states provides a prerequisite framework for brokering a lasting, multilateral peace deal in the region. Despite the rise of religious sentiment and non-state transnational actors across the region, many of the secular Arab leaderships understand this reality well.
Category State Building, Government and Society, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Pride and Mistrust
Above all, Iran wants to be seen as the leading regional power
01/01/2005 | by Volker Perthes
The Europeans have less influence in Tehran than they might wish. They cannot give hard security rewards. Nor can they bestow the recognition of Iran’s importance that only the sole superpower can confer.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Iran, Western Asia, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Atlanticism for the 21st Century
NATO's Secretary-General contends that the worst is over after the transatlantic feuds that broke out with the Iraq war. They naysayers always exaggerated in any case. Momentum returned with the Istanbul summit last June. The US and Europe remain each other's No. 1 strategic partners. And terrorism requires cooperation between the two as never before.
Category NATO, Security, Conflicts and Strategies, Bilateral and Multilateral Agreements, European Union, Europe-USA, United States of America, Europe, Iraq, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Crying Wolf about Antisemitism
01/08/2004 | by Richard Herzinger
If you shout “Wolf!” too often, people may not listen when the beast is actually at the door. Apathy has already become a widespread European reaction to the topic of antisemitism.
Category Government and Society, Religion, Worldwide, Islamic world, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Democratizing the Mideast
01/08/2004 | by Udo Steinbach
The American campaign to democratize Iraq, and through it the Greater Middle East, was hampered from the outset by a failure to take the region's history and culture properly into account, says the Director of the German Orient Institute. The traditional Islamic concept of good governance centers on justice, not on individual freedom or political participation. Democratization will have to be a long, evolutionary process.
Category Conflicts and Strategies, State Building, Democratization/System Change, Iraq, United States of America, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Time is Running Out
01/05/2004 | by Felix Neugart
Since the end of the war in Iraq last year, a new wave of violence has dashed for the moment any hope for a quick negotiated breakthrough in the prolonged guerrilla war between Israelis and Palestinians. The resignation of moderate Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmut Abbas last September after only half a year in office showed that the attempt to isolate the recalcitrant Palestinian Authority President Yasir Arafat through external pressure in 2003 misfired.
Category Conflicts and Strategies, Security, Israel, Palestine, Near and Middle East/North Africa