Foreign Affairs & Security

Shrinking Spaces and the G20

When the 19 member countries and the EU gathered in Hamburg for the G20 Summit one important topic was not on the agenda: from China to Mexico, Turkey to Russia, Saudi Arabia to India – the respect for fundamental human rights can no longer be taken for granted.

By Barbara Unmüßig

Monopoly in Africa?

In 2017, Africa has gained unusual prominence – within and beyond the framework of the German G20 presidency. This web dossier analyses possibilities for democratic participation, the role of human and environmental rights, and economic transformation.

Dossiers

Dossier: Islamic State and Politics in the South Caucasus

Nationals of many Western and non-Western countries are joining the IS. Those that survive the fight will bring home extensive battle experience and new ideas about social and political life. The danger to peace and civic order, and the growing influence of this quasi-religious military movement casts shadow over the South Caucasus.

International Conference: Ukraine, Russia and the EU

One year after the annexation of Crimea, European and US experts analysed and discussed Europe’s response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. The conference documentation offers articles, recordings and photos.

Publications

Perspectives Middle East #10: Borders - Lines in the Sand or in the Mind?

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While the privileged few may cross legitimately by simply presenting their passport, for most, borders present difficult if not insurmountable hurdles. Furthermore there are plenty of other lines of division: social, ethnic, religious and ideological. Any border is a painful memory of the fact that it is not an individual’s choice to define which side he or she is on.

Security as a Commodity: Mega Events and Public Security in Brazil

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The private security industrie is definitely among the sectors that most benefit from mega events. Within a dubious relationship the security industry does not only supply the Brazilian State with surveillance systems and weapons, it also influences the organization of federal police and military forces.

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Europe’s Global Role

The consolidation and enlargement of the EU has changed Europe’s global role in fundamental ways. Nevertheless, the hope that the foreign policies of the member states would converge within the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy have been dampened by disagreement about the war against Iraq. Still, in the future, the EU will increasingly take on tasks that used to be the preserve of NATO or the US.

The foreign policy of a powerful EU will differ from US policy in that it will be a continuation of the experiences Europe has made in the area of security through supranational co-operation and institutions. To the degree that the European Union is a new entity on the world stage its foreign policy, too, will be entirely new in character.

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