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Another shot at a peace deal? What we know after Trump’s meeting with Abbas

Last week, President Trump hosted Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, for discussions on an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and further economic and security cooperation between the US and the West Bank. What can we expect from the US administration and how committed are the parties involved in the conflict?

By Sophia Oster

Lebanon in Light of the Syria Conflict: Resilience Despite Polarization and Tensions

Lebanon has seen political stagnation and sectarian tensions for years. As a result of the Syrian conflict, Lebanon has also become the country with the highest number of refugees per capita in the world. To gain a more nuanced understanding of the situation in the country, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Middle East organized a study tour to Lebanon in October 2016.

By Dominik Tolksdorf

The Battle for Modernity

Today’s central line of conflict runs between open societies and various forms of Identitarian radicalism. The challenge we face is to reconcile rapid changes in a globalized modern age with our need to belong and our need for security.

By Ralf Fücks

Any Hope for a Kurdish State?

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Iraqi and Syrian Kurds have gained increasing international recognition for their efforts in combating ISIS and some observers conclude that the conditions for an independent Kurdistan have never been as favorable as they are now. What are the prospects for a Kurdish nation state? 

NATO Summit in Warsaw – the Polish perspective

What are strategic expectations of Member States to be addressed during the forthcoming Summit in Warsaw? Which major challenges will it face? What marks the Polish position vis-a-vis NATO and EU issues? Analysis by former Polish diplomat Piotr Łukasiewicz.

By Piotr Łukasiewicz

For a Progressive and European Response to Security Challenges

The recent attacks in Brussels have left everyone in Belgium and elsewhere in Europe in shock. People feel more and more helpless in the face of what seems to be, after the attacks in Paris last November and in January 2015, an increasingly destructive threat.

By Sophie Heine

The US Ignores the European Refugee Crisis at its Own Peril

After a recent visit to Washington, Sergey Lagodinsky, head of the EU/North America Department at the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Berlin, reflects on Americans’ understanding of the European refugee crisis and the failure to anticipate long-term repercussions for US foreign policy interests.

By Sergey Lagodinsky

Ensuring Deterrence against Russia: The View from NATO's Front-Line States

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Last week NATO announced its plan to deploy troops to six NATO members in Central Europe to strengthen collective defense. Security guarantees for the front-line states have been discussed since Russia’s intervention in Crimea. This publication from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies analyzes the perceptions of governmental and nongovernmental experts in six NATO front-line states. 
 

Negotiating Iranian Politics: Rouhani’s Reform Agenda

After the United States and the European Union have lifted economic sanctions on Iran, the country can expect major economic rewards and greater interaction with the international community. This is a success for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, under whose leadership Iran complied with its obligations under the international agreement to restrict its nuclear program. Dr. Roubzeh Parsi explains the challenges the administration could face after the parliamentary election in February 2016.

By Dr. Rouzbeh Parsi

War on Terror 2.0?

Following the attacks in Paris, a global coalition in the fight against ISIL emerged. History seems to repeat itself. What have we learned from the events since 2001, and how did it come to the current escalation?

By Hans Joachim Giessmann

Terrorism, a new category wedged between war and peace

We know that there’s war, and that there’s peace—but not that there’s something in between. Yet, the terrorists of the Paris attacks have added a new category to our notion of violence. A commentary by the political scientist Herfried Münkler.

By Herfried Münkler

A Progressive Response to BDS

Those convinced that Israel should not have been created in the first place, or that it no longer has the right to exist, are entitled to their opinion. But they have obligations, too. They must come clean about seeking a post-Israel endgame. An essay by Prof. Dan Rabinowitz

By Prof. Dan Rabinowitz

Civil society under pressure

Shrinking – closing – no space: Governments across all continents villainize civil society actors. Where does their sense of threat emanate from?

By Barbara Unmüßig, President, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
Foreign Affairs and Security Archive

Intro

The world in the 21st century seems more complex than ever before. The current international system is defined by the multiplication of political actors, a diffusion of power and an increasingly multipolar world. Mirroring the transfer of power to the sub- and supranational level, threats to global peace and security have become increasingly transnational in nature. They include the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, asymmetrical conflicts, and results of climate change in form of resource scarcity and forced migration.

The regional focus of our work in the field of foreign & security policy lies on the broader Middle East as well as Afghanistan. While the scope of transatlantic efforts to advance peace and security goes well beyond that troubled region, common stakes remain particularly high in the Middle East.

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