Category Archives: Afghanistan

Germany and Counterinsurgency

The berlinbrief is drawing your attention to a recent paper by Benjamin Schreer, deputy director of the Aspen Institute in Berlin, on Germany and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. The piece has been published in the Australian journal “Security Challenges”. Here is … Continue reading

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German Islamists Attacked in Pakistan

Spiegel Online International reported on 11 October that the victims of a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan earlier this month have been identified. The group of men targeted by U.S. forces included German citizens that were believed to have ties … Continue reading

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President Köhler Quits over Military Remarks

In the middle of the euro crisis and growing pressure from both the opposition and her own party about how to manage the German contribution to the Greek and possible future bailouts, Chancellor Merkel was hit by bad news this … 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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Criminal Responsibility of German Soldiers

The berlinbrief draws your attention to a new article on the criminal responsibility of German soldiers in Afghanistan. The text was written by Constantin von der Groeben and has just been  published in the German Law Journal. Here’s the executive … Continue reading

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General McChrystal in Berlin

US General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, believed it was worth spending 14 hours on a bus to make it from Paris to Berlin last week. Europe was stuck in an ash cloud that … Continue reading

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Berlin Sends More Troops to Afghanistan

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a “development offensive for Afghanistan” on Tuesday morning. The package, hammered out in controversial meetings between the Chancellery, the Foreign Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of the Interior over the last days, will … Continue reading

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The “Self Captivated” Republic

Constanze Stelzenmüller, a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Berlin and a regular commentator on German foreign and security policy, has just published an interesting set of theses. Her article “The self captivated republic” (“Die selbstgefesselte Republik”) … 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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Minister zu Guttenberg “Disenchanted”

The Kunduz airstrike continues to dominate Berlin’s foreign policy debates and there is growing pressure on Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Chancellor Merkel’s defence minister. Hopes of the Merkel government that with the then Minister of Defence Franz Josef Jung resigning from … Continue reading

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