Leaving the Moral High Ground
Leaving the Moral High Ground

Values and interests in the German foreign policy debate

by Eberhard Sandschneider | Germany, German Foreign Policy

Eberhard Sandschneider, head of the DGAP’s research institute, responds to an article in the German weekly DIE ZEIT by Jörg Lau, "The German Love of Dictators," in which Lau criticized German foreign policy makers for their friendliness toward dictators and "half-democrats.”


Afghanistan after 2014: How Can Reconstruction Succeed?
Afghanistan after 2014: How Can Reconstruction Succeed?

Regional cooperation is the key to long-term stability. A new publication in the DGAP publication series

by Henning Riecke, Kevin Francke | Afghanistan, Security

The withdrawal of international security forces is fully underway and will be complete by 2014. Although the Allies will not turn their backs on the country entirely, responsibility for regional security will now rest largely with Afghanistan and its neighbors. The problems are substantial – from the drug trade to terrorism. Moreover, neighboring countries and external actors have opposing interests. This DGAP volume (in English) brings together experts from Europe, the US, and Central Asia.


Strengthening International Governance
Strengthening International Governance

In the current DGAP Yearbook, 80 experts describe ways for the state to regain its ability to take action

by Josef Braml, Stefan Mair, Eberhard Sandschneider

Not only have the financial and debt crises led to massive economic problems. They have also dramatically restricted the state’s ability to act. Up until now the response has been half-hearted, the efforts of nations to go it alone have been enormous, and the reach of WTO regulations has been minimal. Expectations are therefore high for politically and economically stable Germany. The latest DGAP Yearbook gives valuable insight into how Berlin should handle its new leadership role.

Early Bird Breakfast

An EU Without Great Britain?

German-British discussion at the DGAP on the likelihood and consequences of withdrawal

DGAP | United Kingdom, European Union

Since the outbreak of the financial crisis, the political rift between the island of Great Britain and continental Europe has widened. Why opinions on the EU have diverged so much and why the answers to the financial crisis have varied so significantly – and what this could lead to – were the topics of a discussion at an Early Bird Breakfast with journalists David Charter of The Times and Quentin Peel of the Financial Times, as well as EU expert Almut Möller.


A Trade Deal Worth Making
A Trade Deal Worth Making

An EU-U.S. pact would deliver huge economic benefits for both sides

by Stormy-Annika Mildner, Claudia Schmucker | United States of America, Free Trade

In a joint statement, U.S. President Barack Obama, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso agreed to launch negotiations on a trans-Atlantic free-trade agreement as soon as possible.

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