Forbidden Knowledge

Academic freedom and political repression in the university sector can be measured. This is how. 

 By Katrin Kinzelbach, Felix Hoffmann




Merkel’s Final Act

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.

By Philipp Rotmann


New Ways to Address an Old Problem: Political Repression

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.

By Katrin KinzelbachJanika Spannagel


Changing Security Governance: Lessons for External Support

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.

By Sarah BrockmeierPhilipp Rotmann

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