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Mixed Messages and Open Friction: The Arab League Summit in Damascus, 2008

The latest Arab Summit, held in the Syrian capital Damascus on March 29 and 30, 2008, was preceded and accompanied by intense diplomatic wrangling and threats of a boycott, all geared to pressure the Syrian hosts to change their position towards the political crisis in Lebanon. The Syrian analyst Sami Moubayed provides a political appraisal of this summit. By Sami Moubayed

Four times Kabul and back...

Dr. Andrea Fleschenberg dos Ramos Pinéu visited Kabul in April, June, September 2007 and March 2008, working as a research consultant for Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Kabul Office (in cooperation with UNIFEM) and conducting training workshops, a lecture series as well as interviews with female and male parliamentarians and civil society members.

Iraqi Refugees between Precarious Safety and Precipitous Return

Large numbers of Iraqi live in neighbouring countries, especially Syria and Jordan. This report attempts to give an overview of the origin and magnitude of the crisis, probes the likelihood of substantial numbers of refugees returning in the near future, and assesses the responsibility of international actors towards the refugees. By Layla Al-Zubaidi, Heiko Wimmen

How to Deal with the Iranian Nuclear Programme?

On 18 February 2008, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung hosted a dinner discussion with Knesset member Yossi Beilin in Berlin which was attended by politicians, journalists, diplomats, and academics. According to Beilin, the real danger of an Iranian nuclear weapons capability will be the shifting balance of power in the Middle East rather than an Iranian nuclear attack on Israel. By Carolin Moje

Pleading for Military Engagement in Afghanistan

German fractions in the debate about military deployment of international and German troops always pretend to care about the Afghans´opinion. In fact they seem to ignore their real interests. A study of the Berlins Free University´s political science department comes to similar conclusions.

By Mariam Tutakhel, Manija Gardizi

Nuclear Reactor Hazards

A report based on Greenpeace International’s report "Nuclear Reactor Hazards, Ongoing Dangers of Operating Nuclear Technology in the 21st Century," published in April 2005. By Anthony Frogatt