Liana Fix

Liana Fix is a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) with a special focus on Germany’s role in Europe, Russian foreign policy, and the South Caucasus. She was a DAAD/AICGS Fellow from October to December 2015. Previously, she was affiliated with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). In 2012/2013, …Read More

There were several milestones in October that reminded Germans and non-Germans again how much the past twenty-five years have changed the Federal Republic of Germany. While October 3 is the formal anniversary of Germany’s unification, now twenty-four years later, Germans placed a particular focus this year on the demonstrations in Leipzig on 9 October 1989, …Read More

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama were right to pull the plug on the emotional debate over intelligence gathering and task their chiefs of staff, Peter Altmaier and Denis McDonough, with finding a solution to the conflict. This process will need time, thorough attention, and the willingness to embark on a long over-due remodel …Read More

On September 16, 2013, AICGS and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation hosted Professor Bernd Faulenbach, Professor at Ruhr University Bochum, to lead a roundtable discussion “Does Memory Matter in Politics? The Impact of German History on Willy Brandt and the Impact of Willy Brandt on Germany’s Foreign Policy.” Willy Brandt was a champion of freedom and unity in Germany and Europe, and the discussion focused on how his past affected his political aims. The event was held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Willy Brandt’s birth.

Was ist am Herbst 2013 besonders interessant? Dass wir am 22. September den Bundestag und den Landtag von Hessen wählen und am 15. September den Landtag in Bayern. Bei beiden Terminen sind Änderungen in der Regierung nicht ausgeschlossen. Ein völliger Machtwechsel ist allerdings nur in Hessen im Bereich des

What is especially interesting about fall 2013? We are going to elect the German Bundestag and state parliament of Hessen on September 22, and the state parliament of Bavaria on September 15. For both dates, one cannot rule out changes in government, though a complete change of power is

In light of the upcoming federal elections, recent articles have characterized German chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership as paralyzing to German politics. Discussions on her strategy of “asymmetric demobilization” have resurfaced during this election campaign. How Merkel has dealt with present issues affecting Germany and the European Union met with quite a lot of criticism from …Read More

“Comfort women,” the Dokdo/Takeshima islands, and the Yasukuni shrine are the Achilles’ heel of South Korean-Japanese relations. Recurring for decades, the clashes over history issues this year have taken a serious turn. Despite the ever-flourishing trade relations and socio-cultural interaction, the acrimonious mood between two state leaders seemed to drag the whole region into the …Read More

Comparing reconciliation politics of different states helps us to understand better the reasons why reconciliation, i.e., the process of normalization of bilateral relations after conflict between former perpetrator and victim states, is or is not taking place.  In order to gain valid insights, a rigorous analytical framework is needed which can be applied to all …Read More

The response to the Nobel committee awarding this year’s peace prize to the European Union has been a mixed bag − and predictably so. The cynics pointed to the struggles of the EU to maintain momentum, as well as relative calm at times, amidst the strife over the euro. Those more positively inclined saw the …Read More

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