Development & Aid

Georgia and Russia: Smoldering Conflict at a Geopolitical Intersection

Georgia can be a strategic pillar of stability in an otherwise volatile region and we should consequently place it much higher on our political agenda. Georgians want nothing more than NATO membership and the West cannot deny the evident successes of democratization and economic reform. The internal logic of realist politics however demands other factors also be considered. Georgia joining NATO would further exacerbate the conflict with Russia. View
 

NATO's Greatest Mistake was Libya: the Alliance Should Have Nothing to do with R2P

As a collective security organisation for its members NATO overreached its purview and the spirit of its treaty mandate by intervening in Libya. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle adopted by the UN in 2005 should not partner or utilize with NATO’s operational capability to be able to intervene in states outside of the North Atlantic Treaty. NATO should stay clear of becoming an operational arm for liberal internationalism and re-consider its humanitarian role. View
 

The Post-Cold War NATO: Decoupling Regime Change and Human Rights Promotion

NATO's biggest mistake in the past 25 years is that in its search for a post-Cold War raison d'être, it has taken on roles as both an instrument of regime change and of humanitarian intervention. Humanitarian work and the protection of human rights is a noble pursuit that NATO should continue to undertake; regime change and the imposition of democracy from above is not. View
 

Winning Asymmetrical Warfare with Economic Policies and Measures

When facing asymmetric warfare conventional military measures are often highly ineffective. Thus, incorporating well-thought-out market and economic policies and measures into NATO’s politico-military “toolbox” seems essential. Failing to do so, and failing to understand or comprehend market realities might even be directly harmful to NATO’s goals as demonstrated by the case of Afghan drug industry and by the counternarcotic eradication programs in this article. View
 

EUPOL Afghanistan: What can the EU learn?

EUPOL Afghanistan is amogst the most negatively rated police missions of the EU. While it has been successful in developing strategies for sustainable solutions to civil insecurity in Afghanistan, it has failed to have significant impact. The lack of a cohesive action plan, insufficient resources and inefficiency within the project have hindered its success. Now is the time for the EU to learn from its mistakes. This is crucial if it is to become a key player in international conflict management. View
 

TTIP's New Global Trade Rules May Be Bad for Development

The secretly negotiated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and EU, the world’s two biggest economies and leading rule-makers in international trade, is poised to reshape the global trade rules in accordance with developed countries’ priorities and raise the standards developing and emerging economies need to adhere to if they want to reap benefits from preferential access to Northern markets. This may be bad for development. View
 

Where is Our Responsibility to Protect the North Korean People?

The international legal principle of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) provides innovative solutions to protecting victims of mass atrocities, such as the North Korean people, so long as its scope of protection is broadened beyond traditional forms of military intervention. However, so far the R2P principle has not been sufficiently applied to the humanitarian problems North Koreans are facing. R2P must be engaged with and applied on its non-military pillars of prevention and re-building. View
 

Europe's Migration Crisis May Have Spillover Effects for NATO

In the past few months, a hitherto unseen influx of migrants* has caused societal and political upheaval in Europe. Responses are debated on a European Union and an individual member-state level with NATO mainly left out of this conversation, but in light of current events the potential role of NATO will come under increased scrutiny. Migration, which has until now mainly been seen as a socioeconomic question, is quickly becoming a securitized, and in certain cases, militarized, issue. View
 

Diverging Policies on Iraq/Syria Threaten Peace and Stability

Europe is currently witnessing the highest number of refugees at its borders since the end of WWII. Lacking common borders, the US is widely untouched by this mass exodus from war-prone countries. However, since the US is vastly responsible for the chaos in the region and thus the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, it bares most responsibility for the consequences. Its NATO allies of the EU should claim solidarity, but they must be a lot more committed to forging a common military-political strategy. View
 

Why the Syrian Refugee Crisis Requires a German-Polish Initiative

The refugee crisis is dividing Europe, and media coverage seems to be exacerbating this division. Sharing not only a border, but also historical experiences of displaced persons in wars previously, Germany and Poland should come together to offer a common solution for the crisis, thus demonstrating the strength, sustainability and, most importantly, the solidarity of the European Union. View