Commentary 09 November 2021

Europe Is Doubling Down on Taiwan

The European Parliament and some member states are driving a major shift in Europe’s Taiwan policy – a direct reaction to Beijing’s increasingly confrontational stance. But for the new Brussels consensus to effectively deter Chinese aggression, the EU needs to move in lockstep.

New Study: Follow the Money

Who spends what to prevent which crises? And do these investments happen early enough? Based on open-source data and country case studies, we take stock of global investments in crisis prevention efforts – and ask whether donors are putting their money where their mouth is. 

Check out the interactive summary or read the full study


Multilateral Dialogues in a Changing World

In this final episode of the Global Futures podcast, we look back at ten years of running dialogue programs with fellows from around world. What have we learned about what does and does not work? And what role can multilateral dialogue programs play in improving global governance going forward?


How Germany Can Help Ensure Peace in the Taiwan Strait

Germany’s next government should courageously invest in relations with Taiwan, out of economic and political self-interest. In doing so, Berlin and Europe can actively contribute to a non-military deterrence of Beijing’s increasingly aggressive stance in the region.


“World Out of Joint”: Citizen Dialogue on Foreign and Security Policy

Foreign policymakers are increasingly using citizen dialogues as an instrument for addressing an erosion of trust in politics. For such formats to be effective, participants need clarity about their goals and opportunities to debate – and decide on – real-world trade-offs and dilemmas.


How (Not) to Deal with the Vulnerabilities of Democracies to Outside Influence

In recent years, authoritarian states like China and Russia have used their power to influence democracies. What can democratic actors do to better protect themselves? 


Universität als Risikozone – für alle

Heated debates in German universities on topics like gender and the climate crisis reveal stark generational divides. But these arguments do not threaten Academic Freedom – in fact, they are good scientific practice.


Verhexter Ansatz

Nach Afghanistan gilt es, Deutschlands Krisenpolitik zu verbessern: Dafür sollte der vernetzte Ansatz aus Außen‑, Sicherheits- und Entwicklungspolitik überdacht und komplexen Realitäten angepasst werden.