Report 12 July 2021

Munitions Typology: Chemical Weapons Deployed in the Syrian War

Since 2011, the Assad régime has used chemical weapons more than 336 times. Analyzing the munitions recovered from these attacks reveals a lot about the Syrian chemical weapons program – and those behind it.

The Global Futures Podcast

We discuss foreign policy, economics, war, peace, and how the world is changing with experts from across the globe as part of the Global Governance Futures — Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogue Program. 

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Commentary

Die Untergangsängste der Kanzlerin

Ja, es geht auch um deutsche Wirtschaftsinteressen. Doch der wahre Grund für Merkels zurückhaltende China-Politik ist ein anderer: Sie hält Deutschland und das fragile Gebilde Europa für zu schwach im Wettbewerb mit China.

Commentary

Widerhall trotz Widerlegung: Wieso Seenotrettung kein Pull-Faktor ist

Der öffentliche Diskurs um Seenotrettung wird noch immer durch veraltete Push-Pull-Theorien dominiert und bringt dadurch Menschen in Gefahr. Durch eine differenziertere Betrachtung können wir Migrationsentscheidungen besser verstehen – und Leben retten.

Commentary

The Undeniable Pessimism of Angela Merkel’s Worldview

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy on China is defined by a doom-and-gloom mentality. If Berlin’s new government wants to change course, it’ll need a psychological shift.

Policy brief

Governing Evaluations

Evaluating programs to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/​CVE) is an emerging field without established recipes for success. Examining common challenges across borders can help make deliberate decisions about the structures governing P/​CVE evaluation.

Commentary

Crisis Early Warning: Berlin’s Path From Foresight to Prevention

Combining crisis early warning and prevention could help Germany become a more strategic international actor. Berlin should link forward-looking risk and resilience analyses with structures for meaningful political decision-making to fulfill its commitment toward preventive engagement.

Podcast

How COVID-19 Affects Academic Freedom

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on Academic Freedom. What has changed and what are the implications for universities going forward?

By Ilyas Saliba, Benjamin Schürmann