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What to Expect – and Not Expect – at the Upcoming G7 Summit in Biarritz
What to Expect – and Not Expect – at the Upcoming G7 Summit in Biarritz
by Claudia Schmucker
Fünf Fragen, 21. August 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron hosts the 45th G7 summit in Biarritz on August 24-26, 2019. The “Group of 7” is an important informal meeting of seven large industrial countries, including France, the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Japan. The forum addresses global challenges such as trade, foreign policy, and climate change. Claudia Schmucker explains why the issues of climate and trade may hamper a joint final communiqué.
Brexit and the Shape of EU Power to Come
Brexit and the Shape of EU Power to ComeHow is Britain’s vote to leave the UK going to affect the EU and its weight in the rest of the world?
by Claire Demesmay, Stefan Meister, Jana Puglierin, Julian Rappold, Henning Riecke, Eberhard Sandschneider, Gereon Schuch
What will the effects of Brexit be on the balance of power within the EU, particular between Germany and France? How have the Visegrad States responded? Does Brexit Represent a Victory for Putin? What does Brexit mean for security cooperation between the US and the EU? And what about China? We asked DGAP experts to weigh in.
The Saudi-Iranian Conflict
The Saudi-Iranian Conflict What are the roots of the rivalry and what are its consequences?
by Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Sebastian Sons
DGAP Five Questions (January 2016); published in Handelsblatt Global Edition (January 29, 2016), pp. 32-35.
What effect will the escalation between the two regional powers have on the Middle East’s multiple crises? How much influence does the West have, and where does it position itself between its recent rapprochement with Iran and its “business-as-usual” approach toward the Saudis? DGAP associate fellows Ali Fathollah-Nejad and Sebastian Sons discuss geopolitical goals, domestic power considerations, and the exploitation of religion. Translated by Imogen Taylor.
Moldova: Perpetual Crisis
Has the Eastern Partnership Failed?
Five Questions for Valeriu Chiveri, Ruslan Codreanu, Igor Botan, and Martin Sieg (December 2015)
Moldova seems to be caught between the EU and the Eurasian Union, belonging to neither but attracted by both. With the country's political transformation and EU integration currently at a standstill, many are asking why the country’s political system is in a state of such deep crisis. At a conference at the DGAP on December 1, 2015, experts discussed whether Moldova must continue to endure a cycle of perpetual crises.
After Paris
After ParisWhat are the Political Consequences of the Attacks within Europe and beyond?
by Claire Demesmay, Sarah Hartmann, Stefan Meister, Henning Riecke, Gereon Schuch
Originally published in German (Monday, November 16, 2015).
How will domestic and external discussions of European security change in response to the November 13 attacks on Paris? How will they shape future measures to fight ISIS in Irak and Syria? This Monday, five of the DGAP's experts came together for a discussion – and noted the grave danger of combining an analysis of the causes of the Paris attacks with the ongoing debate on how to handle Europe’s refugee crisis.
What are Russia’s Interests in Syria?
What are Russia’s Interests in Syria?Moscow’s support for Bashar al-Assad is clearly a case of weighing costs against benefits
by Stefan Meister
DGAP Five Questions, September 21, 2015
Even as it constructs a military base in Syria, Russia remains opaque on the subject of its objectives and the scope of its activities there. Stefan Meister explains that Moscow hopes to use its role in Syria to end the international isolation brought on by its annexation of Crimea. Can it bolster its own standing with the West and reduce the US’s role in the Middle East? To what extent will the West go along with Russia’s goal of including Assad in its proposed solution to the Syria crisis?
TTIP: A Chance for Europe
TTIP: A Chance for EuropeThe criticism on TTIP is widespread but is it justified? Explanations of central issues
by Johanna Körnig, Claudia Schmucker
Five Questions, May 22, 2014
The public debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), currently under negotiation, is heated. Many are publicly expressing their doubts, fears, and mistrust, but only few are voicing their support. Here Johanna Körnig and Claudia Schmucker spotlight some of the controversies, explain the importance of such a trade agreement, and clear up misconceptions.
Ukraine’s Ongoing Trial by Fire
Ukraine’s Ongoing Trial by Fire The EU must seek a mediating role in Kiev, and ultimately do more to support civil society
by Maria Davydchyk
Five Questions, January 26, 2014
The situation in Kiev is tenser than ever, made no better by foundering talks between President Viktor Yanukovych and leaders of the opposition. These refused to accept offers he made on January 25, dismissing them as delaying tactics. They continue to demand his resignation and new elections. But Yanukovych remains intractable. Fronts have hardened completely. Violence has escalated. DGAP expert Maria Davydchyk comments on Ukrainian power relations and the EU’s potential as mediator.
US-Iranian Relations: The End of the Ice Age?
US-Iranian Relations: The End of the Ice Age? What are the political implications of President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic and media charm offensive?
by Paul Freiherr von Maltzahn
Five Questions, October 1, 2013
Iran wants to return to the international community. Key to this is solving the nuclear dispute and normalizing relations with the US. Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani used the UN General Assembly to make the case for trusting his country. Meanwhile, Barack Obama and Rouhani spoke to each other by telephone and agreed to open diplomatic negotiations. “The chances of reaching an agreement are better than ever before,” says DGAP general secretary Paul von Maltzahn.
Russia and the Case of Syria
Russia and the Case of SyriaIn the diplomatic struggle around the civil war, Moscow has brought itself back into play on the international stage
by Ewald Böhlke
Five Questions, September 30, 2013
Russia and the US have jointly passed a UN resolution on Syria demanding that Damascus eliminate its chemical weapons. The text they adopted contains no threat of force. With it, the Kremlin has managed to underline its role in the Middle East, to strengthen the UN Security Council, and to negotiate on an equal footing with the US. Ewald Böhlke comments here on Russia’s position in international law, the country’s plans in Syria, and the sharpening of Moscow’s profile as a stabilizing power.