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The State of the Internet: Reconstituting “Cyberspace”
The State of the Internet: Reconstituting “Cyberspace”

Suggestions for a common EU strategy for Internet security

19/12/2012 | by Annegret Bendiek, Ben Wagner | Europe, Cyber Security

Before decisions on the regulation of the Internet and prevailing universal norms are made on a global level, Europeans must develop a common Internet strategy. Such an EU strategy, however, cannot pit security against freedom or the interests of the state against individual liberties and fundamental rights.

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The Primacy of Economic Interests
The Primacy of Economic Interests

Economic interests trump security and challenge Western unity

15/11/2012 | by Michael Rühle | Worldwide, Security

As traditional security policy is superseded by economic and energy interests, we must begin to discuss the “economization of security policy” – the implications of which go far beyond the current global financial crisis and its effects on the security policy of the West. One voice inside NATO describes what needs to be done to ensure that this commercialization of security will still allow the friendly member countries of NATO and the EU to avoid 21st century conflicts and to continue to act collectively.


A Yarn That Won't Unravel
The Karlsruhe verdict does not change Germany's "poor us" posture
13/09/2012 | by Derek Scally
The Karlsruhe verdict was widely welcomed as a positive sign for the euro and Europe's future, but the doomsday reception of the judgement in Germany itself does not bode well.
Category European Union, Political Culture, Government and Society, Law & Institutions, Fiscal Policy, Economy and Finance, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
A Second Chance for Ban Ki-moon
A strategy to maintain UN relevance in a shifting geopolitical climate
30/04/2011 | by Richard Gowan
Although Ban Ki-moon faces no challengers in his bid for a second term, he will have to demonstrate an improved instinct for running the United Nations. Without better leadership, the UN runs the risk of becoming irrelevant, as Western governments’ austerity cuts constrict an already tight budget and rising powers seek to limit UN interference.
Category United Nations, Transatlantic Relations, Global Institutions, Law & Institutions
Germany’s Role in the World
Berlin is one of the UN’s big donors and a major peacekeeper
01/02/2005 | by Bernd Mützelburg
Germany and Europe’s security and stability have grown since the end of the cold war. The old “German question” has been solved. Embedded in European integration, a sovereign Germany has now taken on a very new role of sharing joint responsibility for maintaining international stability and order. To maximize effective crisis management in a world in which no single nation can solve global problems, the UN Security Council system must be revised–and Germany belongs at the table.
Category United Nations, Global Institutions, Law & Institutions, German Foreign Policy, Germany
War in the Failed Republic of Chechnya
After Maskhadov’s death, Basayev is the only leader left
01/02/2005 | by Sonja Zekri
After serving as an officer in the Soviet army in Afghanistan and Lithuania, Aslan Maskhadov took a leaf from the Baltic liberation movements and became a brilliant strategist in the first Chechnya war that won his land temporary de facto independence from Russia. He was elected Chechen president in 1997 and resumed the fight when Vladimir Putin resumed the attack. But he was a negotiator. Basayev is not.
Category Internal Conflicts, Conflicts and Strategies, Security, Human Rights, Law, Law & Institutions, Russia
Reforming the UN and International Law
01/08/2004 | by Werner Hoyer
The global peace and security order that once rested on the United Nations and international law faces a decisive test in the wake of the Iraq war. International terrorism, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and possible terrorist acquisition of WMD (something that cannot be ruled out) call for new answers to new security threats.
Category United Nations, Law & Institutions, Worldwide
Farewell to Unilateralism
01/08/2004 | by Harald Müller
The United States superpower defines its own national interest as providing the world with public goods — security, human rights, liberty, and health, among others. This definition is extraordinarily enlightened, far-sighted, and humane. Who could object to it?
Category Security, Transatlantic Relations, Conflicts and Strategies, NATO, United Nations, Law & Institutions, Arms Control and WMD, United States of America
Human Rights and Security
01/08/2004 | by Barbara Lochbihler
Tolerating human rights violations in the name of presumed crucial security interests is nothing new. We saw this trade-off in Latin America in the 1980s, and we see it in many dictatorial regimes in every region of the globe today. In the name of national security, members of minorities and political opposition movements have been and continue to be punished, tortured, and deprived of their most elementary rights.
Category Law & Institutions, Global Institutions, United Nations, Law, Human Rights, Security, Humanitarian Intervention, Worldwide
Transatlantic Power, Legitimacy, and Credibility
01/05/2004 | by Wolfgang Ischinger
Last year’s Iraq crisis was not just one more of the many transatlantic crises since the 1960s. It ran far deeper. It concerned power—military and political,hard and soft—and the legitimacy of the use of military force by the United States. By raising doubts about power, legitimacy, and credibility, it challenged the existing international order more than any other event since the cold war.
Category Europe-USA, Transatlantic Relations, United Nations, Global Institutions, Law & Institutions, Conflicts and Strategies, Security, United States of America, Europe, Iraq
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