The Virus that Ends Us: On the Ethics of Withdrawal and Affirmation

The global responses to the Covid-19 crisis have shown the exhaustion of modern politics. The views on offer are segregated, polarised and run across historically developed political fault lines. The current majority renders the fight against the virus and the disease it triggers as indispensable and necessary. In social practices …

The Global Virus Pandemic: An urgent Call to discard Humanity’s Claim of Mastery of Nature and the Human

This is the end My only friend The Doors The global spread of the Covid-19 disease within only a few weeks is only the most recent episode that emphasizes the fragility of our world. So far, phenomena such as natural disasters or the global financial crisis already indicated that we …

The South Sudanese Peace Agreement and the Issue of States

The implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) is entering a critical stage. After the prolongation of the pre-transition period by 100 days in November 2019, a transitional government which includes the oppositional SPLM-IO, should be formed by 22 February. After the …

Protests in Lebanon – a genuine outcry to end political sectarianism?

Since 17 October 2019, Lebanon has both felt paralyzed and restless at the same time. Following the announcement of new taxes with relation to telecommunications services, people spontaneously took to the streets to protest. For the first time, the Lebanese people are not relating to any religious or sectarian divisions, …

Permanente Modernisierung oder Verbot der Nuklearwaffen?

Abschreckung Im Wahlkampf 2016 hatte US-Präsident Donald Trump erklärt, dass Nuklearwaffen, wenn sie Sinn haben sollen, auch einsetzbar sein müssen. Das ist weniger deutlich ausgesprochen Teil der US-Nuklearstrategie der siebziger Jahre. Dafür wurde Trump von den Medien heftig kritisiert, sollen diese doch nur der Abschreckung und nicht dem Einsatz dienen. …

The nuclear deal with Iran: from a historic deal for peace to (again) the brink of war

Introduction: what the 2015 JCPOA entails In July 2015 the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed upon between the EU, China, Russia, the US, France, Germany, the UK and Iran. After a decade of trying to reach a nuclear deal, it was deemed historic. The deal was meant …

Sudan in Transition

Sudan’s Interim Constitutional Arrangement: The Risk of Sharing a Non-Existent Cake The tense negotiations on a transitional power-sharing framework in Sudan finally appear to have been successful. The Constitutional Charter for the Transition Period, signed on 17 August 2019, establishes a Sovereignty Council with an equal representation of five civilians …