In 2005, at the occasion of the UN’s sixtieth anniversary, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called on world leaders to “recapture the spirit of San Francisco and forge a new world compact to advance the cause of larger freedom.” The Secretary General believed that the bitter debates in 2003 about the use of force in Iraq and the subsequent U.S.-led invasion of Iraq reflected deep divisions among UN member states regarding the role of the United Nations as an instrument of collective security…

Public diplomacy has become the new buzzword in foreign policy circles, with the construction of an effective public diplomacy strategy seen as an urgent foreign policy objective for
any country…

Disappointment with economic performance and slow growth was one important element behind the rejection of the EU constitution in France and in the Netherlands this spring. It is also one of the reasons for the likely demise of the Red-Green government in Germany…

The Franco-German relationship is in a crisis, accused of no longer being capable of providing the impulsion for continued European integration, a function the tandem has successfully performed since the early postwar years. It has devolved, critics charge, into a marriage of convenience driven by a fear of losing influence in an enlarged Europe, and increasingly propelled by national interests to the detriment of Europe and further European integration…

Over the last two years the German-American relationship has been rocked by some of the most tumultuous and emotional conflicts in over five decades—the 2002 German elections and Schröder’s public rejection of American policies in Iraq; harsh recriminations surrounding the failed second UN resolution in early 2003; tensions over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and future of the broader Middle East; and, above all, the war in Iraq and continuing postwar instability. These conflicts have been played out in intense public debates at home and across the Atlantic and amidst a political and moral tug of war in the media…

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