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Report on the 21st New Faces Conference Tunis, 2014
Moving People: Implications of Migration for Societies and States in North Africa
by Fabien Stroetges, Ouiem Chettaoui
DGAPreport 27, November 2014, 14 pp.
The presence of migrants heavily shapes discourses and notions of citizenship, identity, and statehood, directly affects social cohesion and stability, and hence confronts states and international organizations with enormous challenges. EUMEF's 21st New Faces Conference, held in Tunis, June 19-22, 2014, sought to analyze more recent flows of people stemming from, or targeting, countries in North Africa and to explore their political, social, and economic impact on sending and host societies.
A Semi-professional Military
A Semi-professional MilitaryProblems Facing Russian Armed Forces in the Effort to Transition to a Contract Army
by Andrey Kalikh
DGAPkompakt 5, April 1, 2015, 6 pp.
Russia’s military still has many Soviet-era features: mass character, low mobility, and staggering cost. But it is also modernizing. Efforts to replace compulsory military service with a professional army have had only halting success at best, but some results are clear. In 2008, it took two weeks for Russian forces to reach South Ossetia. Things were quite different on the border with Ukraine in 2014; professional soldiers were deployed to Russia’s southern Rostov region in a matter of days.
How Russia Lost Germany (and How it Can Win It Back)
How Russia Lost Germany (and How it Can Win It Back)EU foreign policy and the Ukraine crisis
by Stefan Meister
Russia and Global Affairs (January/March, 2015).
The growing politicization and securitization of all areas of German-Russian relations marks the end of Germany’s post-Cold-War Eastern policy. Returning to business as usual is now utterly impossible on both sides. But there is a positive side to this reality check: an end to German naïveté about Russia. Stefan Meister's article in the current issue of Russia and Global Affairs, published by the Foreign Policy Research Foundation.
TTIP: Winning Back Trust
TTIP: Winning Back TrustThe EU Commission should take concrete steps to address the public’s concerns
by Claudia Schmucker
DGAPStandpunkt 3, March 2, 2015, 3 pp. (In English)
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, if signed, would create the world’s largest economic zone. But its supporters face a credibility problem: ever more Europeans, especially Germans, see in TTIP a threat to their way of life, and to democracy – a “secret treaty” that protects corporate interests while undermining high European standards for the environment, health and consumer protection. Here are five issues the EU Commission and German government must address to win back public trust.
Welcome, Escalation!
Welcome, Escalation!Why Minsk 2 is not going to work
by Stefan Meister
DGAPstandpunkt 2, February 23, 2015, 2 p.
The February 12, 2015 cease-fire in eastern Ukraine was a triumph for President Putin, who was able to push through a slew of major points without making any concessions of his own. Stefan Meister argues that Ukrainian leadership should give up control of Donetsk and Luhansk in order to protect the rest of the country from further destabilization from Russia. The EU urgently needs to make a clear decision on whether to integrate what is left of Ukraine – with all the consequences this entails.
Right Goals, Wrong Tools?
Right Goals, Wrong Tools?Civil Society Empowerment in the EU Accession Process
by Natasha Wunsch
DGAPanalyse 2, February 18, 2015, 11 pp.
The European Commission has long stated its aim of empowering civil society in EU candidate countries. In its accession process, Croatia enjoyed strong initial support for its civil society organizations (CSOs). EU interest grew less robust, however, once the accession date was set, and CSOs lost a crucial ally in their reform efforts. The experience shows the limitations of the Commission’s current policy. Seven recommendations for strengthening CSOs as active partners in the accession process.
Conducting International Relations with Autocracies
Conducting International Relations with Autocracies DGAP Yearbook, vol. 30 (2014): Außenpolitik mit Autokratien (Conducting International Relations with Autocracies)
by Josef Braml, Wolfgang Merkel, Eberhard Sandschneider
DGAP Yearbook, Volume 30, Published by DeGruyter Oldenbourg, December 2014, 480 pages (in German)
How stable are authoritarian states? Should Germany cultivate relations with autocracies – be it to promote business interests, address security concerns, or protect human rights? And, if so, with which ones? Which of the available means – dialogue, business support, development aid, or sanctions – are best suited to reaching what ends? How do other democratic regimes deal with authoritarian regimes?
Looking toward the Future
Looking toward the FutureFrench and German businesses set their sights on 2025
by Claire Demesmay, Barbara Kunz
DGAPanalyse 1, January 26, 2015, 12 pp. (in German)
In the ongoing debate on public debt, structural reforms, and competitiveness, the governmental differences between France and Germany have been thoroughly discussed. Far less attention has been given to the expectations of businesses in the two countries, although matters relating to the economy affect them with particular urgency. What problems, opportunities, and risks do they see for their own countries and for Europe in the next ten years? (English text available on the Robert Schuman Foundation website.)
South Caucasus Caught in the Middle
South Caucasus Caught in the MiddleHow geopolitical competition between Moscow and Brussels prolongs instability in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia
by Elkhan Nuriyev
DGAPkompakt 1, January 13, 2015, 5 pp.
The conflict in Ukraine has introduced new dimensions of uncertainty to the South Caucasus, where Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia struggle to protect their national sovereignty and security in the face of geopolitical competition between Moscow and Brussels. Elkhan Nuriyev asks if it is possible to form a coherent strategy for the region that focuses on an integrated, coordinated approach that recognizes the shared interests of Russia, the EU, and the South Caucasus countries.
Moving Forward with the EU-Enlargement Process
Moving Forward with the EU-Enlargement ProcessThe TRAIN 2014 Programme’s focus on strengthening the rule of law in the countries of the Western Balkans
This year’s TRAIN Programme brought together think tanks from the Western Balkan region to discuss the overarching topic “Rule of Law” and its key role in European integration. Parliamentary oversight, the fight against corruption, and judicial independence were among the subtopics participants addressed. They presented their findings and recommendations to policy makers in Brussels as well as in their respective countries.

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