• SWP in the Media

    The Middle East's Three Timelines

    To craft an effective strategy in the Middle East, it is crucial to understand the short-term timeline of daily struggles and politics, the medium-term timeline of geopolitical shifts, and the long-term timeline of sociocultural transformation, writes Volker Perthes in Project Syndicate. more
  • NATO's Two Percent Illusion

    Germany Needs to Encourage Greater Efficiency within the Alliance

    In order to plug the gaps in NATO's defence capabilities, Europeans – and Germans especially – need to increase defence spending to 2% of gross domestic product (GDP). The United States especially has been insistent on compliance with this target,... more
  • The Circassian Question

    Russian Colonial History in the Caucasus and a Case of “Long-distance Nationalism”

    On 21 May 2014 Circassians all over the world marked the 150th anniversary of the expulsion of their ancestors from their North Caucasian homeland. The links between this unresolved legacy of Russian colonial history and President Putin’s prestigious... more
  • A Durable Ceasefire for Gaza

    Dr. Muriel Asseburg, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

    A ceasefire is not only needed to stop the killing and suffering in Gaza but also to prevent the next round of violence. For a durable ceasefire the blockade of Gaza must be lifted, says Muriel Asseburg.

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  • Struggling to Build an Alternative to Assad

    Structural Flaws and Lack of Protection Undermine Syria’s Opposition Government

    International powers backing the Syrian opposition are turning their attention to an Interim Government founded in November 2013. The February 2014 collapse of the Geneva peace talks, which were supposed to produce a political transition, and growing... more
  • New Climate Leadership

    “Yes we can ... after all” – the United States is caught between international ambitions and domestic challenges

    In a push for climate protection in the US, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new CO2 emission limits for power plants. This is the next step in President Barack Obama’s agenda on tackling climate change and the measures... more

Analytical and academic papers

Uwe Halbach

The Circassian Question

SWP Comments 2014/C 37, August 2014, 4 Pages
Christian Mölling

Greater Efficiency within NATO

SWP Comments 2014/C 36, August 2014, 4 Pages
Khaled Yacoub Oweis

Syria: Opposition Government Undermined

SWP Comments 2014/C 35, July 2014, 8 Pages
Guido Steinberg

Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring

SWP Research Paper 2014/RP 07, June 2014, 27 Pages
Christian Wagner

Security Cooperation in South Asia

SWP Research Paper 2014/RP 06, June 2014, 22 Pages

"Point of View"

Dr. Muriel Asseburg, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

A Durable Ceasefire for Gaza

A ceasefire is not only needed to stop the killing and suffering in Gaza but also to prevent the next round of violence. For a durable ceasefire the blockade of Gaza must be lifted, says Muriel Asseburg. more
Presidential elections in Egypt, polling station in Cairo, 26.05.2014. Photo: Zeinab Mohamed, licensed by CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Egypt: The EU Election Observation Mission was a Mistake

The assessment of the Egyptian presidential election by EU observers is highly problematic. Their preliminary report indicates that the EU has sided with the repressive regime. This could compromise its influence on the country’s development; argue Lars Brozus and Stephan Roll. more


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