Brexit and Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States puts the future of humanitarian aid at risk by further politicizing the project of international solidarity. Aid organizations should prepare themselves to limit the fallout, which will be felt most starkly by people in armed conflicts who are likely to lose lifesaving assistance and protection.
In light of Trump’s apparent unwillingness to fill a role traditionally occupied by the president of the United States, some commentators have already declared Merkel the new leader of the free world. This characterization is fanciful. Still, Berlin should do everything in its power to help control the damage, pursuing a strategy of principled engagement and building up resilience.
Whether it is dealing with authoritarian states like China or democracies like India, Germany favors quiet diplomacy and cooperation in its foreign policy. Germany rarely uses public shaming or leverage vis-à-vis rising powers, even as it continues to debate how best to promote human rights in a multipolar world. The authors analyze past practices and offer policy options for the future.
by Thorsten Benner, Oliver Stuenkel
by Sarah Brockmeier
Amnesty International Netherlands
by Thorsten Benner, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira
05 December 2016
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