The Arab awakening that commenced late in 2010 has precipitated vast political changes in Arab nations. While the upheaval continues in many societies, nations such as Egypt and Tunisia continue to alter the structure of their societies in an effort to move away from totalitarian regimes. Admittedly, the success of these revolutions… Read more >
Though politicians use the word “historic” in a fairly inflationary way, there is no better terminology for describing what the international community is witnessing in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The uprisings that are sweeping over the region astonished Western observers as they replaced an existent narrative. After the 9/11… Read more >
Almut Möller has been head of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) since 2010. From 2008 to 2010 she lived and worked as a freelance analyst, author, and consultant in London. Between 2002 and 2008 she was a researcher at the… Read more >
Germany’s struggle to understand and to define its global responsibilities through the euro crisis, Afghanistan, and now Libya has taken the country’s policy course through more turns than in the Nürburgring racetrack, writes Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel, vice president at DePaul University and a regular contributor to the Advisor. Because of its unclear policies, Germany faces the challenge of being sidelined when the danger of the moment in the Middle East urgently needs European leadership, Bindenagel argues. This essay originally appeared in the May 18, 2011, edition of Süddeutsche Zeitung.
In a new AICGS Podcast, Member of the Bundestag Dr. Andreas Schockenhoff, deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU-parliamentary group for Foreign Affairs, examines the roles of Germany, NATO, and the EU in dealing with the conflict in Libya and across the greater Middle East-North Africa region. Moderated by Dr. Jackson Janes, Dr. Schockenhoff touches on Turkey’s role in the Middle East, potential Libyan comparisons to Kosovo, and the importance of Egypt in overall regional stability.
Whatever the outcome of the September elections, Germany’s foreign policy agenda in the Middle East will remain by and large stable writes AICGS Non-resident Fellow Almut Möller. In her essay “The Future of Germany’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East: European, Transatlantic, and Eventually More German?” Möller argues that Germany will continue to cooperate with the European Union in its Middle East policies and will seek a strong link with the Obama administration in Washington in the face of such challenges as the war in Iraq, the Iranian nuclear program, the fragmentation of the Palestinian territories, and the Israeli invasion in Gaza.
The remarkably dense media coverage in Europe on the pre-election campaign in the United States is a tell tale sign: America is voting and Europeans are fascinated. Ask any average European these days and you will be surprised to hear him commenting on details of Ohio’s electoral system or the role of the superdelegates, and he will most likely have watched Barack Obama’s speech on Pastor Jeremiah Wright and Hillary Clinton’s tale of sniper fire in Tuzla on YouTube. But the real interest lies in the outcome…
Perhaps there is no issue today that better reminds us of the link between culture and politics than the IsraeliPalestinian conflict in the Middle East. Our decision to address this topic within the German-American context in two workshops—one in Washington, D.C. and one in Berlin—from which these essays are drawn, adds a further cultural and political dimension…