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The latest Perspectives Asia edition covers the prozess of digitalization in Asia with contributions from all across the continent. Our online special presents all the articles with an additional podcast.

The Nightmare of the Czech Presidential Elections

Commentary

Thirty years after the Velvet Revolution, the atmosphere in Czech society is poisonous. Many who followed the course of the Czech presidential elections during the past few weeks in detail must feel they are trapped in a nightmare.

By Eva van de Rakt

Governing the Big Bad Fix? What to do about geoengineering

Geoengineering – large-scale manipulation of the Earth’s natural systems – is increasingly being presented as a strategy to counteract, dilute or delay climate change. Which international legal norms and agreements would contradict the different measures?

By Duncan Currie

The Meaty Side of Climate Change

While energy giants like Exxon and Shell have drawn fire for their roles in warming the planet, the corporate meat and dairy industries have largely avoided scrutiny.

By Shefali Sharma

Dossier

Dossier: The Ocean Atlas

Overfishing, the loss of biodiversity, and an immense pollution – the seas are under stress. The Ocean Atlas 2017 delivers in more than 40 infographics and articles all the relevant data, facts and contexts.

Dossier

Geoengineering

Our web dossier sheds light on the risks of geoengineering for human rights, indigenous and community rights, peace and democracy, food security, biodiversity and ecosystem integrity.

Publications

Vaca Muerta Megaproject: A fracking carbon bomb in Patagonia

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Argentina’s shale gas and shale oil resources are estimated in second and fourth place globally. Almost all of this potential is concentrated in the Neuquén basin in Northern Patagonia. This paper deals with the great risks to global climate and the impacts on the environment, health and society in the affected communities.

Perspectives Asia: DigitalAsia

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Over the last years, Asia has undergone an impressive digital transformation. Large parts of the continent have turned from the world’s factory into a creative industry.The different contributions across the continent highlight both the opportunities and risks of digitalization in Asia.

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Education & Culture

"It’s about a battle of ideas in which we have to constantly engage our opponents"

In the beginning of April, the Hungarian President János Áder signed into force certain amendments to the Higher Education Act which in their particular formulation are obviously directed against the renowned Central European University (CEU), based in Budapest. We discussed with President Michael Ignatieff the implications of the new legislation on the university and its future prospects.
By Peter Brod
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Just Published

Events

Urban art and activism in Eastern Europe
Warsaw
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Blog

The European Union is drifting apart and liberal democracy is under pressure. What needs to be done to reconcile people and politics and reconnect citizens with the democratic institutions, and most of all with each other?

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Global Energy Transition

Magazine

Perspectives Asia

Perspectives Asia is a publication series of the Asia Desk of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung published in cooperation with the offices of the foundation in Asia. With this series, we intend to provide a German and European readership with an understanding of Asian perspectives, as well as an analysis of global trends and greater insights into developments and current political issues across the Asian region.

Blog: Reshaping Europe

Feminism & Gender

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Africa

"What has happened in Zimbabwe is a political fraud"

Interview

The power shift in Zimbabwe was a military coup, says Brain Raftopoulos. To prevent the consolidation of a new authoritarian state, the international community has to be careful not to prioritise stability over democratisation.

By Claudia Simons, Brian Raftopoulos
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Asia

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Latin America

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Middle East & N. Africa

Opening Speech: Towards Accountability for International Crimes in Syria

Speech

A coalition of Syrian civil society, activists and lawyers have filed criminal complaints in Germany against some high-ranking Syrian officials under the principle of universal jurisdiction. A first step towards justice for the victims and survivors of all crimes committed in Syria.

By Barbara Unmüßig
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North America

Transatlantic Relations: The Air of Freedom

Debate

In the "Transatlantic Manifesto" published by DIE ZEIT in October 2017, the authors emphasise the necessity of a strategy based on fostering transatlantic relations. Critics are calling for a "new post-Atlanticism foreign policy", an attitude that is based on fundamental misunderstandings.

By Sergey Lagodinsky
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Europe

More on "Europe"

Dossier

Focus on G20: From Germany to Argentina

After Germany, the G20 presidency has now moved on to Argentina. Find everything you need to know about the G20: Infographics, in-depth analyses and facts about the Group of 20.

Dossier

Dossier: Focus on Hungary

Dossier

Our dossier on Hungary is as a forum for critical voices since the right-wing government came to power in April 2010. The contributions reflect the socio-political changes as well as long-term developments.