Commentary 28 September 2022

Democracy in Angola: A Tightrope Act for a Values-Based Foreign Policy

The African country’s disputed election bodes ill not only from the vantage point of democratic values, but also for the country’s future. Germany should support pro-democratic actors in Angola but also recognize that its influence can only be limited.

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Lebanon Post-Elections: Time for a Steadfast Approach

Lebanon is in a critical phase following its elections in May. Democratically-minded international actors can – and should – play a constructive role in building momentum to address the roots of the crisis.


“Feminist Activism in Ukraine Usually Means Demanding More Weapons”

Media representations of women in the Ukraine war are not representative of how the Ukrainian army functioned before February 2022. A conversation about sexism on the front lines, queer fighters and soldierly feminism.


Don’t Stumble at the Start Line: Lessons from the UK’s Integrated Review

The United Kingdom’s Integrated Review in 2020 was supposed to be the most substantial security overview in decades. But its bold ambitions were undermined by missteps ahead of the document’s release. Why this should be a cautionary tale for Germany.


Germany Must Abandon Its Debt Brake to Make Up for the Lost Merkel Years

Germany’s debt brake’ not only stifles urgent investments in a zero-carbon and digital transformation – it is becoming a security risk. Only by getting rid of the constitutional limit on new debt can Germany properly invest in itself and complete its Zeitenwende”.


Menschliche Sicherheit in Zeiten konventioneller Bedrohungen

Konventionelle Verteidigung und menschliche Sicherheit sind kein Widerspruch – im Gegenteil. Wer strategiefähig sein will, muss beides gleichzeitig denken.


Sicherheitsrisiko Schuldenbremse: Zeit für die Zeitenwende der Union

Die 0,35 Prozentvorgabe gefährdet Deutschlands Zukunft. Warum die Union helfen sollte.