The Unraveling of the Shanghai “Deal”
The Unraveling of the Shanghai “Deal”

US-China Trade-cum-Currency Conflict comes to Europe

by Shahin Vallée | China, Economy and Currency

The trade conflict between the US and China has now clearly escalated into the currency realm. This will force Europe to respond to avert being the “variable of adjustment” for an economic conflict from which it cannot remain an innocent bystander.

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.

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
Technology and Strategy

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

by Torben Schütz | Arms Control and WMD

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.

Eurasia: Playing Field or Battle Field?
Eurasia: Playing Field or Battle Field?

Defining an Effective German and European Approach on Connectivity Toward China and Russia

by Jacopo Maria Pepe | Central Asia, Trade

Eurasia is emerging as a fluid continent where resurgent great power politics by Russia and China is marginalizing Europe and the Western liberal order. Moscow and Beijing are linking their Eurasian integration projects, the Belt and Roads Initiative (BRI) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). To avoid marginalization, the EU and Germany should define an interest-driven, flexible and regionally diversified approach toward Moscow and Beijing, focusing on Greater Central Asia and Greater Eastern Europe.

Divided in Diversity
Divided in Diversity

Overcoming Europe’s Incoherence in National Approaches to Civilian CSDP

by Carina Böttcher, Marie Wolf

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.

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