Category Archives: FP Actors

Heard about Resolution 1325?

It has been ten years this month that the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 in which it calls for an increase in the participation of women at decision-making levels in conflict resolution and peace processes. Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung, the foundation … Continue reading

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Debate on Bundeswehr Reform Kicks Off

With Minister of Defence zu Guttenberg revealing his plans to modernize the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, on Monday, the summer break is officially over. The minister kicked off what will become a foreign policy debate touching on the very … Continue reading

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Negotiating with the Taliban?

Last week, Germany’s five major institutes for peace research presented their annual Peace Report (“Friedensgutachten”) at the Federal Press Conference and in an evening discussion on 18 May hosted by the Protestant Academy Berlin (Evangelische Akademie zu Berlin). Panellists at … Continue reading

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Lisbon Treaty Drives Foreign Office Out

The Lisbon Treaty has shaken the old rivalry between the Federal Chancellery and the Auswärtiges Amt (Foreign Office) about who leads Germany’s European policies. Interestingly, after years of quarrels over the entry into force of the new treaty, it looks … Continue reading

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46th Security Conference Held in Munich

This weekend, the 46th Munich Security Conference took place in the capital of the Free State of Bavaria. It was the second conference under the chairmanship of Wolfgang Ischinger, a former German ambassador to Washington and London, who took over … Continue reading

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Westerwelle Searching for a Role

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is still searching for a role. Squeezed between Chancellor Merkel and her glamorous Minister of Defence, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the leader of the Free Democrats still hasn’t found his place in the new government. It is … Continue reading

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Reactions to the Copenhagen Results

Chancellor Angela Merkel had a sober assessment of the climate talks in Copenhagen on her return to Germany: “The deal isn’t enough for us to achieve the 2 degree goal”. According to Spiegel Online, she openly addressed China as one … Continue reading

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“Ten Questions to the War Cabinet”

The parliamentary inquiry on the Kunduz airstrike in September 2009 starts in Berlin today. (For details on the case check the “Afghanistan” category in the middle column) This morning, Spiegel Online opened with ten questions that the “war cabinet” of … Continue reading

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Have you ever heard of the “VP/HR”?

I want to write about an event at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) last week. Cornelius Adebahr, a fellow on European foreign affairs at the Council, presented his book “Learning and Change in European Foreign Policy: The Role … Continue reading

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Merkel and the New European Top Jobs

Apart from the discussions about whether Herbert van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton are suitable personalities to lead the European Council and Europe’s foreign policy (see e.g. the Economist of 19 November 2009), there has been a lot of talk in … Continue reading

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