Commentary 25 April 2022

Temporary Protection: The Ukrainian Field Trial

Two months into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the reception of displaced people under the Temporary Protection Directive is starting to show political cracks. Where are the bottlenecks?

Coming Soon: The Nowhere to Hide Podcast

The use of chemical weapons in Syria is one of the most heinous crimes in modern history. Based on a range of witness testimony, our new seven-part podcast – coming May 25 – tells the story of those who came closest to these attacks. 

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“What should we have to say about it?” Perspectives on Peace in Eastern Ukraine

Eastern Ukraine is back in the headlines. What do we know about the effects of conflict on the region before Russia’s renewed invasion?


Children as Agents in Crises: Re-Assessing Adult-Child Power Dynamics in Humanitarian Action

Much of the emphasis on child participation in humanitarian action still draws on strategies that view children as passive victims rather than actors in their own right. How can the humanitarian sector do better?

By Sofie Lilli Stoffel, Kirstin Kreyscher

Kleptocracy Isn’t Just a Russian Problem

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the West levied hard sanctions. But Moscow’s oligarchs are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s high time to crack down on those who enable corrupt elites.


Peace Through Deterrence: Why Germany and Europe Need to Invest More to Preserve the Status Quo in the Taiwan Strait

A conflict between China and the US over Taiwan would endanger global and specifically German stability and prosperity. If Berlin wants to keep peace in the Taiwan Strait, it will need to actively contribute to a non-military deterrence of Beijing.


Waking a Sleeping Giant: What’s Next for German Security Policy

Germany’s security policy has seen massive upheaval over the last few months. But for Berlin to become a more capable actor, German policymakers need to urgently focus on revamping their internal structures.

By Sarah Brockmeier, Sophia Besch

„Wir haben keine Exit-Strategie anzubieten“

Was kann der Westen tun, damit Putin von seiner Palme wieder runterkommt? Nichts – und Deutschland sollte sich mit Ratschlägen zurückhalten.