• Lebanon’s State of Erosion

    Divisions over the Conflict in Syria Sustain a Dangerous Stalemate

    The repercussions of the war in Syria have produced a prolonged political stalemate in neighboring Lebanon. As the major political blocs in the country are aligned with opposing sides in the Syria conflict, fear of spillover has led major actors to avoid... more
  • The Dynamics of a Right-wing Coalition

    How the Failure of the Peace Processes Encourages Domestic Populism in Israel

    Israel has been increasingly criticised for violating substantive democratic principles. The trigger was a series of decisions and initiatives. In July 2016, the Knesset adopted a stricter transparency law for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) financed... more
  • Conceivable Surprises

    Eleven Possible Turns in Russia’s Foreign Policy

    Russia’s foreign policy has taken numerous unexpected turns in recent years, from annexation of Crimea to military intervention in Syria. The element of surprise for Germany and the EU arises out of a mix of lack of political transparency in Russia,... more
  • Simona Autolitano, Verena Zoppei

    Unveiling the Structure of Unconventional Organized Crime

    Investigating and Prosecuting Criminal Networks within and beyond European Borders

    In the last decades, the traditional understanding of organized crime (OC) has been widely challenged. As the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Europol, as well as German authorities have extensively highlighted, hierarchical criminal... more
  • Not Frozen!

    The Unresolved Conflicts over Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh in Light of the Crisis over Ukraine

    Since 2014 German and European attention has been largely absorbed by the annexation of Crimea, the war in Donbas and the crisis in relations with Russia. Yet the eastern neighbourhood also contains four unresolved territorial conflicts, which have in... more

Analytical and academic papers

Heiko Wimmen

Lebanon’s State of Erosion

SWP Comments 2016/C 46, October 2016, 8 Pages
Peter Lintl

Israel: The Dynamics of a Right-wing Coalition

SWP Comments 2016/C 45, October 2016, 8 Pages
Simona Autolitano, Verena Zoppei

Unveiling the Structure of Unconventional Organized Crime

SWP Comments 2016/C 44, September 2016, 4 Pages
Sabine Fischer, Margarete Klein (eds.)

Russia’s Foreign Policy: Conceivable Surprises

SWP Research Paper 2016/RP 10, October 2016, 78 Pages
Sabine Fischer (ed.)

Not Frozen!: Conflicts in the Post-Soviet Area

SWP Research Paper 2016/RP 09, September 2016, 97 Pages

"Point of View"

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Russian Foreign Policy: Watching for "Grey Swans"

The SWP Research Paper "Conceivable Surprises: Eleven Possible Developments in Russian Foreign Policy" elicited harsh criticism in certain quarters. Here its editors, Sabine Fischer and Margarete Klein, explain their study’s aims and methods. more


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Sustainability, Climate and Energy

The new dossier deals with developments in the field of sustainability, climate and energy. It displays publications and other products by SWP researchers that track international and European policy processes, and discuss recommendations for action.
Last Update 18.10.2016
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Crisis in and around Ukraine

Internal and external developments in Ukraine and Russia; repercussions of crisis in the region and for European and international security.
Last Update 12.10.2016

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