Commentary 01 November 2018

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How Berlin’s Actions Can Live Up to Its Words on the UN Security Council

Merkel and Maas have announced ambitious goals for “Europeanizing” the German seat on the UN Security Council. To avoid disappointing its closest partners, Berlin needs to find more inclusive ways of leading and possibly sacrifice some of its own priorities.

By Theresa Lütkefend, Noémi Blome

The Nobel Peace Prize Should Honor Hopeful Tactics, Not Heroic Persistence

The heroification of charismatic protest leaders often entails a misreading of local political dynamics. Unless such individuals open up new and safe opportunities for political action, their power to mobilize is usually short-lived.

Evaluation report

Evaluation of WFP Policies on Humanitarian Principles and Access in Humanitarian Contexts

This report assesses how the World Food Programme applies the humanitarian principles and negotiates access, and offers recommendations for improvement.

By Julia Steets, Alexander Gaus, Claudia Meier, Janika Spannagel, Mark Bui, Adele Harmer, Abby Stoddard

Politics Over Trade: A Revival of the EU-India Partnership

Europe and India are developing closer ties through political and security cooperation. But both actors will have to make an extra effort to sustain the present momentum.


Security Assistance and Reform: Bringing the Politics Back In

Security assistance and security sector reform can only succeed if external supporters’ political engagement drives their technical projects, not vice versa.


How European Internet Foreign Policy Can Compete in a Fragmented World

Europe should strengthen its narrative about the democratic rule of law online. That includes pointing to the costs of the authoritarian approach.