With US security guarantees thrown into question by the Trump administration, Germany (alongside other European allies) needs to fundamentally rethink its security strategy. In this context, any debate on nuclear weapons should proceed with great caution and care, but it is one Germany cannot and should not avoid.
Germany’s new guidelines for managing crises and conflicts should lay the ground for human rights promotion that is more courageous, political and ready for new risks. Despite old and new challenges, democracy assistance remains an important component of sustainable peacebuilding.
France and Germany need to prepare for Russian influence operations ahead of their 2017 elections. They can learn from Russian meddling in the US over the past year. While improving cyber defense matters, priorities should be building a unified stance among political parties and imposing political costs to deter future interference.
by Thorsten Benner
by Aryaman Bhatnagar, Joel Sandhu
by Thorsten Benner, Oliver Stuenkel
17 February 2017
02 February 2017
16 January 2017