Commentary 02 September 2022

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.

New: Views on Germany’s National Security Strategy

Our new platform 49security brings together experts from academia, civil society and politics to debate ideas and priorities for Germany’s first-ever National Security Strategy.

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Interview

“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.

Commentary

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.

Commentary

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”.

Interview

Menschliche Sicherheit in Zeiten konventioneller Bedrohungen

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

Commentary

Sicherheitsrisiko Schuldenbremse: Zeit für die Zeitenwende der Union

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

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.