DGAP Program Publications

Germany’s Preliminary 5G Decision
Germany’s Preliminary 5G DecisionLimiting Damage and Learning Lessons
by Kaan Sahin, Didi Kirsten Tatlow
DGAPkompakt 21 (November 2019), 6 pp.
Despite the security concerns of the US, EU, and Australia, Germany plans not to exclude any telecom equipment vendors, including Chinese companies such as Huawei, from its 5G network. This stance reflects a narrow view of the issue that prioritizes short-term economic interests and fails to uphold national security and democratic values. Widespread criticism, including from within the government, shows that political decision-makers in Germany need a more sophisticated, forward-looking approach to 5G.
The US and North Korea, beyond the Singapore Summit
by Bernt Berger
Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), 25 October 2018.
Following the inconclusive Singapore summit between the US and North Korea, Seoul decided to take matters into its own hands. International support for this crucial inter-Korean rapprochement process has been scarce, with many fearing to add fuel to the fire in the face of growing tensions with the US. Yet, it is key that the international community empower the two Koreas to set their own agenda towards stabilization - lest the historic oppportunity to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula vanish into thin air.
All That Xi Wants
All That Xi WantsChina’s Communist Party is Trying to Reform the Country from the Top Down
by Bernt Berger
DGAPviewpoint 5, 2018, 3 pp.
The Chinese Communist Party leadership's move to drop the constitutional limits restricting President Xi Jinping’s tenure have been interpreted as a long-term power grab by many international media. This view, however, misses a crucial point: The Central Committee is embarking on reforms to consolidate the government – from the top down. Not yet on board in this process are key stakeholders.
The consequences of US withdrawal from the Iran deal
by Bernt Berger
The Interpreter, Lowy Institute, October 13, 2017
By 15 October, US President Donald Trump will need to choose whether to certify Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal.
A Standoff Turned Standstill
A Standoff Turned StandstillSolving the North Korea conflict requires new thinking and a different tool kit
by Bernt Berger
DGAPstandpunkt 10 (September 2017), 4 pages.
The standoff between North Korea and US is, in fact, a standstill – despite the increasing rhetoric of condemnation and confrontation on both sides. According to Bernt Berger, senior fellow for the DGAP's Asia program, moving beyond the spiral of conflict requires recognizing that a new status quo has emerged, changing the narrative that frames the conflict for further negotiations, and encouraging international support and mediation.