ip journal

Beijing and Berlin, Fueled By American Fracking?
Beijing and Berlin, Fueled By American Fracking?

Global implications of the US shale gas boom

18/03/2014 | by Joachim Lang, Peter Hohaus | United States of America, Non-Renewables

Massive US production of unconventional gas is set to turn the country into an energy exporter by 2020. This process has already unleashed environmental, social, and political repercussions around the world – here a look into this trend's areas of growth and concern for Europe.

ip journal

Maneuvering the Third Way
Maneuvering the Third Way

How the West can best engage China’s new generation of reformers

19/04/2013 | by Andreas Fulda | China, Democratization/System Change

Neither pro-establishment intellectuals nor anti-establishment protesters possess sufficient clout to convince party cadres that democratic reform in China is a necessity, leaving the West unsure whom to support. Yet a growing if disparate group of “trans-establishment” reformers, successfully navigating the delicate balancing act between party-state ties and sympathy for civil society, may prove a winning bet.


Who’s Afraid of BRICS?
Can Europe deal with the emerging global powers?
17/04/2013 | by Josef Janning
Should the Europeans fear the growing influence of the BRICS power consortium? Europe's normative and strategic influence over the rising powers is minimal. But the BRICS rise does not have to force a decline in the Union's global stature. Europe’s economic future is significantly tied to the development of these countries and the EU needs to use the assets it does have to engage Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
Category Trade, Emerging Market Economies, Economy and Finance, Conflict-Prevention, Conflicts and Strategies, Arms Trade, Military Economy, Security, G8/G20, Global Institutions, ASEAN, Regional Organizations, Law & Institutions, IP-Forsa-Frage, Gegen den Strich, Brazil, South America, Latin America, Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe, India, South Asia, China, East Asia, Asia, Republic of South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa
China’s Economic Path Forward
How to facilitate Chinese efforts to promote its economic interests
21/09/2012 | by Youfa Liu
China has been fine-tuning its national economic structure to increase its competitiveness in the world economy and take advantage of the immense potential of global industrial production chains. The financial crisis has given China an additional boost: bestowing Beijing with more equal footing in economic governance institutions, offering favorable conditions for further national development, and facilitating China’s efforts to protect and promote its national interests.
Category Economy and Finance, China, East Asia, Asia
The Time Is Not Yet Ripe
Why a sounder coercive diplomacy against Iran might prevent war
16/02/2012 | by Jean-Loup Samaan
A newer, more aggressive light has been cast upon the dilemma that a nuclear Iran presents the world; now, however, is no time to attack. There is much doubt regarding the efficacy of missile strikes on Iranian nuclear sites. The United States and Israel should “speak softly” and let sanctions, and their military capabilities, do the talking.
Category Conflicts and Strategies, Security, Iran, Western Asia, Asia
Mongolian Luck
How Mongolia could become the Norway of Central Asia
08/02/2012 | by Justus Krüger
“To Search for the Hermit and Not to Find Him” is the title of an old Chinese poem from Jia Dao, an author from the Tang Dynasty. This poem crossed my mind as I rumbled over the porous sand tracts in the dusty slums outside of Ulan Bator in a Jeep with my acquaintance Tsedved.
Category Political Culture, Government and Society, Mongolia, East Asia, Asia
Coming Clean
Operationalizing lessons learned from Afghanistan
04/01/2012 | by Laura-Lee Smith
Germany needs strategic communication to build public support for "Auslandseinsatze": missions abroad. Government effort to operationalize lessons learned from Afghanistan for the long-term should be united with strategic communication.
Category Security, War/Warfare, Afghanistan, Asia
"Hope is not policy"
IP sits down with Pakistan expert Bruce Riedel
The 2011 Afghanistan Conference begins on December 5 in Bonn—without Pakistan. The country's refusal to attend does not bode well for the future. Without the participation of this nuclear power that some call "the most dangerous country in the world," stability in South-Central Asia will remain elusive. But the West also has to prove that it can help foster security and stability in Afghanistan.
Category Conflicts and Strategies, Security, Pakistan, Western Asia, Asia
Nuclear Mercenaries
WMD expertise goes to the highest bidder
28/11/2011 | by Hans Rühle
The next Nuclear Security Summit will be held in South Korea in 2012. As with the previous summit in April 2010, it will bring together many heads of state to discuss how to secure nuclear materials. US President Barack Obama will once again warn of the dangers of nuclear terrorism and promote greater nuclear transparency. Ultimately, however, this huge event is likely to end just as inconclusively as last year’s summit in Washington.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Asia
The Consequence of Solidarity
Why Germany and the international community must not abandon Afghanistan after 2014
17/11/2011 | by Michael Steiner
The international commitment to remain engaged after the withdrawal of ISAF forces is the political consequence of our common decision to engage ten years ago. That is why the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn needs to credibly assure Afghans – and thus, the region – that they will not be abandoned again.
Category Conflicts and Strategies, Asia, Afghanistan
America or Asia?
How an old hegemon can cooperate with the new super power China
31/10/2011 | by Maximilian Terhalle
How steady is the “liberal leviathan” United States? Will the “American world order” persist? And what distinguishes power and hegemony in the 21st century? Despite Asia’s continuing rise, three notable authors are certain that America will remain the essential world power.
Category Trade, Government and Society, Finance, Economy and Finance, United States of America, China, East Asia, Asia, North America
A Sum of Parts
Grading Europe’s efforts beyond its borders
01/09/2011 | by Hans Kundnani
European foreign policy takes shape as much by design as by a lack thereof: discordant member state solo efforts or semi-coordinated nonfeasance are part of the broader EU foreign policy picture. The European Council on Foreign Relations has taken on a grading of this wide field of EU action abroad. One conclusion: pay attention to your neighbors!
Category International Policy/Relations, Western Europe, Turkey, China, Europe, East Asia, Asia
Local Angles Everywhere
The frustrating provincialism of Germany's international news coverage
01/09/2011 | by Henning Hoff
During my first internship at a local paper I met a colleague who specialized in finding the “local angle” to every “big,” and not so big, story. If Germany’s evening newscast reported that violence inspired by left-leaning radicals was nationally on the rise, she would go looking for local punk troubles the next day. Had farmers at the other end of Germany grappled with this or that livestock disease, then the mission would be to find out what local farmers had to say about this.
Category International Policy/Relations, Germany, Japan, Norway, Northern Europe, Asia, Europe, Western Europe, East Asia
Between Confrontation and Cooperation
Is there a security role for the European Union on the Korean Peninsula?
With the Six-Party Talks at a stalemate, the European Union may need to step in with soft diplomacy. As the security environment on the Korean Peninsula deteriorates, more active engagement from the European Union could contribute to the long-term stability of the peninsula.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Fragile States, European Union, Conflicts and Strategies, Asia, South Korea, North Korea, East Asia
Pluralism or Fragmentation?
India and the changing international order
01/07/2010 | by Elena Jurado, Priya Shankar
If the high levels of growth in emerging economies are sustained, there could be a radical transformation in the global distribution of economic power. What impact will India’s rising economic and political clout have on the international security architecture, trade and finance, and the complex challenge of resources and climate change?
Category Economy and Finance, India, Asia, South Asia
India’s Bid
Including the developing nations in a fair regime
01/07/2010 | by Raymond Vickery
The growing influence of the G-20, and of India as an international economic actor, is a step toward a more fair and equal global economic regime. But building this regime requires patience and principled engagement. The cooperation of the United States and India shows that this is a real possibility—and gives us reason for optimism.
Category Economy and Finance, Emerging Market Economies, Global Institutions, Law & Institutions, G8/G20, India, South Asia, Asia
The Shy Superpower
India’s cautious role in a multipolar world
The world’s perceptions of India have changed dramatically in recent years. It is not any longer a poor, stagnating country. On the contrary, it is a quickly developing global player full of opportunities, a decisive actor in a multipolar world. At the end of the day, though, India has to find its own way to play this role.
Category International Policy/Relations, India, South Asia, Asia
Sharing Global Responsibilities
While the Euro-Atlantic partnership has shifted, it is by no means obsolete
01/05/2010 | by Jackson Janes
The transatlantic alliance is no longer the exclusive, privileged club that it once was. In confronting global challenges, other nations and power centers, above all in Asia, contribute to global policies. President Obama personifies this geopolitical reorientation. Europe is still part of the equation—but only one part of it.
Category Transatlantic Relations, United States of America, Asia, Europe, North America
Toe-to-Toe in South Asia
India, Pakistan and the trajectory of nonproliferation
01/05/2010 | by John Feffer
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Pakistan, India, South Asia, Asia
America's Asian Ambitions
Under Obama, multilateralism is still instrumental
30/04/2010 | by Josef Braml
The Obama administration’s overtures to Asia have been unmistakable. Does this leave the United States’ old ally Europe out of the equation? Not necessarily, argues German analyst Josef Braml. But Europe’s best offer may be in helping foot the bill for a global NATO.
Category Transatlantic Relations, International Policy/Relations, United States of America, Asia, China, Europe, East Asia, North America

Most Read

Latest blog posts

  • Unfit for Fight – or Flight

    Germany’s army admits to massive equipment failure

    Four years ago, Germany’s defense ministry decided to save money by cutting down on the purchase of spare parts. Now, more than half of the Bundeswehr’s aircraft have had to be grounded. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has admitted publicly that the situation is so bad that Germany would not be able to fulfill its NATO obligations in an emergency. It’s a scandal certain to get bigger.

  • Wearing Out Their Welcome

    The number of refugees seeking shelter in Germany is rising sharply

    Germany is expecting over 200,000 refugees to apply for political asylum this year. July 2014 saw the highest number of applications in over 20 years – a dramatic increase causing a heavy strain. Right-wing attacks on foreigners and asylum shelters are also on the rise. Chancellor Merkel’s government is under considerable pressure to increase restrictions.

  • The Houses That the Energiewende Builds

    How universities help guide Germany’s low-carbon metamorphosis, part III

    So far, multi-disciplinary collaboration has been key to push Germany’s shift to clean energy forward. While stock-taking, improved coordination, and the development of a master plan are now deemed essential, university researchers hope their input will continue – to ensure that the best ideas win out.