Global Peace & Security

Global Peace and Security

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.

Trudeau’s Foreign Policy: Progressive Rhetoric, Conventional Policies

Analysis

On October 21, Canada will head to the polls. Four years ago, Liberal Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister on the back of a cultivated progressive persona and commitments to match. Seen from Europe, Canada under Trudeau became a key partner in a global context characterised by a turn away from the rules-based international order. With Canada’s political future in the balance, Dominik Tolksdorf and Xandie Kuenning ask whether Trudeau’s record in government stands up to scrutiny and look to where Canada might be heading in the years to come.

By Dominik Tolksdorf , Xandie Kuenning

A Discussion About Syria With Bente Scheller

Interview

"Everything changes as soon as people have the feeling they can actually do something." Middle East Office Director Bente Scheller explains the current state of Syria, and what people can do about it.

By Bente Scheller, Nicole Johnson, Alexander Nasserjah
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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? 

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. 
 

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