Mission Possible in the Strait of Hormuz
Mission Possible in the Strait of Hormuz

Giving a flat “no” to a naval mission to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf does not solve Germany’s dilemmas.

02/08/2019 | by Henning Riecke

The German government has just decided not to back a US-led mission to protect the shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf. It will now find it harder to work for its interests in the region.


  • Technology and Strategy

    The Changing Security Environment in Space Demands New Diplomatic and Military Answers

    von Torben Schütz | Arms Control and WMD
    DGAPkompakt 14 (July 2019), 7 pp.

    Technology and Strategy

    On the brink of being weaponized, space is becoming a military-operational environment. Proliferating anti-satellite weapons threaten space security and enable first strikes against military space assets crucial to conventional and nuclear forces. This affects the global strategic landscape and decreases crisis stability among major powers. As current arms control regimes are insufficient, Germany and NATO should push new initiatives to keep space peaceful and advance military planning should they fail.

  • Divided in Diversity

    Overcoming Europe’s Incoherence in National Approaches to Civilian CSDP

    von Carina Böttcher, Marie Wolf
    DGAPanalyse 3, June 2019, 18 p.

    Divided in Diversity

    Despite 15 years of mission practice, EU member states are often reluctant to commit considerable resources to civilian CSDP. One reason for this is the fact that EU member states diverge considerably on the role and strategic relevance they attribute to civilian crisis management in general, and civilian CSDP specifically. This divergence hampers a common understanding on the future direction of civilian CSDP, which is direly needed to strengthen it through the Civilian CSDP Compact.

  • Asymmetrical Arms Control

    How to Account for Innovation and Diversity in European Armed Forces

    von Torben Schütz | Security
    DGAPkompakt 12/2019, 5 pp.

    Asymmetrical Arms Control

    Conventional arms control in Europe is in crisis. As it is based on a simple headcount of weapons systems, it does not reflect the qualitative changes to armed forces’ structures and assets brought about by technological innovation. It is high time to embrace asymmetrical arms control mechanisms which are a promising method to deal with the diversity of qualitative changes in European armed forces. Germany should push for such innovation within the OSCE.


Protecting Europe:
Meeting the EU’s Military Level of Ambition in the Context of Brexit
28/11/2018 | 15:30 - 17:00
Book presentation: Geopolitics and Security: A New Strategy for the South Caucasus
17/05/2018 | 13:00 - 14:30 | DGAP | Caucasian States of the former Soviet Union, Security
Category: Security, Caucasian States of the former Soviet Union
The other Transatlantic Relationship
Canada’s Defence Partnership with Germany and Europe
26/04/2018 | 13:30 - 15:00 | DGAP | Security
Category: Security