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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.

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 German Election and Donald Trump

Bundestagswahl

Since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, Germans have lost trust in the United States. Will Merkel cozy up to Trump after the election or continue to criticize his actions? Commentary in Foreign Affairs.

By Dominik Tolksdorf

Publications on Europe & Transatlantic Relations

Identity and Exile: The Iranian Diaspora Between Solidarity and Difference

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Over five million Iranians are in exile – about 120,000 of which live in Germany. They are influencing political and cultural debates in Iran on a daily basis. The aim of this publication is to promote a process of reflection within the diaspora and provide an input concerning the role and potential of the diaspora community in the US and Germany as well.

A Transatlantic Conversation on Drone Policy

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Armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly referred to as drones — have become a central pillar of the United States’ counterterrorism strategy. A number of European actors have expressed growing concern regarding the lack of transparency, accountability, and clarity surrounding the U.S. drone program. Read the joint conference report by hbs and the Stimson Center on this pressing issue here. 

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