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Pragmatic and European
Pragmatic and EuropeanFrance sets new goals for a European defence policy
by Claudia Major, Christian Mölling
DGAPviewpoint 14, October 19, 2017, 3 p.
With his Revue Stratégique, President Macron has given France’s defence policy a new direction. Instead of concentrating on the institutional framework of a European Union defence policy, Paris has placed pragmatic solutions and Europe’s capacity to take action into the forefront. This has consequences for both Germany and Europe: Berlin should give a speedy and constructive answer to Paris.
Paris Perspectives Seen From the East
Visegrad reactions to Macron’s Europe initiative highlight internal differences
by Milan Nič
Visegrad/Insight, October 18, 2017
The consequences of US withdrawal from the Iran deal
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.
Nationalism Does Not Serve the Nation
Nationalism Does Not Serve the NationGermany should react to Macron’s Europe speech openly and decisively
by Daniela Schwarzer
DGAPstandpunkt 12 (September 2017), 3 pages.
France is back. In his Sorbonne speech, President Emmanuel Macron has grasped a leading and visionary role for his country in Europe, and this is good news for Germany. Paris is set to develop the European Union further and, in doing so, displays a spirit of innovation that offers great opportunities for the EU – not least in times of bitter criticism from both left- and right-wing populists.
A Test for Europe’s German Anchor
by Daniela Schwarzer
Project Syndicate, 26. September 2017
While Germany’s center has held, its policy consensus is about to be tested. With the far-right AfD party in the Bundestag, the German public will be exposed to more radical positions on foreign affairs than have been heard in the country in over a generation.
The Ties That Bind
by Henning Riecke, Alin Polyakova
Atlantic Council, September 27, 2017
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel enters her fourth term in office, the US-German relationship will need to overcome trade and policy disagreements in order to thrive in today’s uncertain political climate.
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.
What Russia has Achieved during the German Election
by Stefan Meister
Europe’s World (Friends of Europe), September 22, 2017
Russian interference was much less than expected but yet obvious throughout the German election campaign. Russian foreign media have criticized Angela Merkel’s refugee policy, promoted conspiracy theories and fake news, and provided populists with a platform to attack mainstream politicians.
Projecting Power
Projecting PowerRussia seeks to recapture its imperial past by exploiting former Soviet countries
by Stefan Meister
per Concordiam: Journal of European Security and Defense Issues (George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies), September 2017
Discussing Russia’s attempts to influence former Soviet countries requires a thorough understanding of just how important the “near abroad” is to the self-understanding and legitimization of the ruling Russian elites. Those elites define Russia’s role as a global power through its primacy as a regional power. As far as they are concerned, Russia can’t be a global player without being the dominant power in the post-Soviet region.
Russia Blends Cyber Attacks with Information War
Stefan Meister offers expert commentary to the Cipher Brief
by Stefan Meister
The Cipher Brief, September 17, 2017
Russia has shown it is both willing and capable of using cyber capabilities to interfere in the West’s democratic elections. With the German elections coming up on September 24, it is likely that Russia will again – much like the United States and France – seek to sow confusion and distrust intended to weaken the foundation of liberal democracy – its electoral process.
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