Commentary 14 July 2022

Russia’s Growing Influence in Africa

What is driving Russia’s growing influence on the African Continent? And what will this mean for the West’s engagement – also in light of the war in Ukraine?

By Allard Duursma, Niklas Masuhr, Julia Friedrich

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Sicherheitsrisiko Schuldenbremse: Zeit für die Zeitenwende der Union

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


NATO’s Precarious Revival

After the historic Madrid Summit, NATO appears more vital than ever. But we ignore the precarious foundations of NATO’s revival at our own peril.

Policy brief

Aufnahme gefährdeter Afghan:innen

Seit der Machtübernahme der Taliban in Afghanistan im August 2021 sind zehntausende Afghan:innen in Gefahr. Die Bundesregierung hat sich dazu bekannt, besonders gefährdete Afghan:innen in Deutschland aufzunehmen. Doch diese Aufnahme stockt – aus praktischen, bürokratischen und politischen Gründen.


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?


Why Is Russia Being So Brutal in Ukraine?

Evidence of war crimes committed by the Russian armed forces in Ukraine is surfacing. But why are these atrocities happening?

By Julia Friedrich, Niklas Masuhr

The German Chancellor May Be Turning a Corner

When it comes to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Scholz got the big calls right. The vitriol he has been facing from critics is not so much the result of policies, but of dismal communication failures.