Whether and how Germany shapes Europe’s destiny are questions that will form a key part of Merkel’s legacy. Here is why security policy is so difficult for German politicians, and what it will take to make it work.
The term “closing space” is widely used to describe current challenges in the struggle for human rights. This article, however, warns against drawing overconfident conclusions about a deteriorating trend. Based on available data, it argues that attentional bias likely leads to an overemphasis of severe forms of repression.
Experts agree on need for political approaches to security sector reform. But what does that mean? Drawing on lessons learned by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, this paper presents concrete examples of engagement in political reform processes from Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Southern Africa.