Europe's Green Diplomacy: Global Climate Governance Emerges as Test Case for EU

Europe's Green Diplomacy: Global Climate Governance Emerges as Test Case for EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2010

The Lisbon Treaty provides new tools for the Europe Union to combat climate change. But Brussels will have to figure out how to put its new foreign service to use in order to avoid another failure of global environmental leadership like the one seen Copenhagen. Leading by example is no longer enough. By Sascha Müller-Kraenner and Martin Kremer more...

The Bomb for Beginners: A DIY Guide to Going Nuclear

The Bomb for Beginners: A DIY Guide to Going Nuclear

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 03, 2010

Building a nuclear weapon has never been easier. NATO's Michael Rühle provides step-by-step instructions for going nuclear, from discretely collecting material to minimizing the fallout when caught. These simple steps have worked for the likes of Israel, Pakistan or North Korea, and your country could be next. more...


Last Exit Kabul: How To Get Out Without Forsaking Afghanistan's Stability

Last Exit Kabul: How To Get Out Without Forsaking Afghanistan's Stability

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2010

Fixing a concrete date to withdraw from Afghanistan is wrong-headed. An exit strategy should be coordinated within NATO and has to be linked to clear criteria. These include the training of security forces and the creation of stable governance structures, as well as strengthened regional cooperation and development coordination. By Simon Koschut more...

Will Year of Miracles Be Squandered? Cynicism Threatens to Destroy Gains of 1989

Will Year of Miracles Be Squandered? Cynicism Threatens to Destroy Gains of 1989

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2009

Poland and Central Europe have prospered since the fall of communism in 1989. Today, however, Europe is faced with a great test. A leading Polish journalist and ex-dissident argues that cynisism and the lure of authoritarianism are the new threats to a European freedom secured only two decades ago. more...


A World Without Nuclear Weapons: Six Wrong-Headed Cliches about Disarmament

A World Without Nuclear Weapons: Six Wrong-Headed Cliches about Disarmament

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2009

With President Obama's Prague speech on "global zero" and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference scheduled for May 2010, nuclear disarmament is a pressing issue that is unfortunately plagued by old stereotypes. By Oliver Thränert more...

Germany's Likely Next Foreign Minister: Guido Westerwelle's Foreign Policy

Germany's Likely Next Foreign Minister: Guido Westerwelle's Foreign Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 16, 2009

With coalition negotiations approaching completion in Berlin, Guido Westerwelle, head of the Free Democrats, will likely become Germany's next foreign minister. IP asked Westerwelle about a host of pressing issues, from the European Union to Afghanistan. By IP Staff more...


Five Questions, Four Agendas: Germany's Top Parties Debate Foreign Policy Agenda

Five Questions, Four Agendas: Germany's Top Parties Debate Foreign Policy Agenda

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2009

Some big issues await the next German government: European integration, Afghanistan, climate change, the economic crisis and the Middle East peace process. IP asked the politicians who may soon be steering German foreign policy to outline their responses to these challenges. more...

The Bundeswehr Abroad: Don't Shoot, We're German!

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 10, 2009

Germany's Bundeswehr army is being transformed into an international intervention force. Advocates are more convinced than ever that objectives can be achieved by force. It is high time for a forthright debate, but is it welcome? By Eric Chauvistré more...


Turbulence in Eastern Europe: 'East' Doesn't Automatically Mean Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2009

Twenty years after their peaceful revolutions, the countries of Eastern Europe have failed to become paragons of stability. They are also struggling to cope with the global economic crisis. Still, the problems of the EU's new member states pose no threat to the European project. By Reinhold Vetter more...

A New Division of Labor? How Europe and America Can Work Together in the Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2009

The US and the EU could make serious progress in fostering regional stability in the Middle East. Both should emphasize the other's strength and help offset any shortcomings. With its soft power, Europe could also aid Washington in rebuilding its tarnished reputation in the region. By Zoé Nautré more...