Demokratie in Krisenzeiten

Partizipation der Zivilgesellschaft als unverzichtbares Instrument im Ausnahmezustand Demokratische Regierungen müssen in Krisenzeiten intensiv den Dialog mit der Zivilgesellschaft suchen, um nicht an Legitimität zu verlieren. Dabei gilt es, bereits vorhandene Strukturen in der Einbindung von Interessengruppen unbedingt zu nutzen und auszubauen, um gestärkt aus einer aktuellen Krise hervorzugehen und …

COVID-19: An Unfriendly Reminder That Self-Regulation Will Not Save the Climate

Crises can warrant the limitation of individual freedoms for the sake of common goods and conflicting individual rights. In fact, States have the responsibility to protect persons under their jurisdiction. To stop COVID-19 from spreading freely, significant restrictions now apply to, inter alia, the human rights to freedom of movement, …

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 New Commission: Managing and Optimising the EU’s Energy Security

Introducing The New Commission & Energy Security Amidst Brexit, the European Union (EU) appears to be caught in the middle of superpower politics of gas developing between the United States of America (US) and the Russian Federation. As Brexit progresses and these powers compete for access to the EU’s natural …

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 …