• Russia’s Arctic Strategy through 2035

    Grand Plans and Pragmatic Constraints

    Russia has adopted a development strategy for the Arctic for the period from October 2020 to 2035. Reflecting hopes and perceived threats associated with the successive warm­ing of the Arctic, it aims to advance development of the region’s abundant… more

  • The Hong Kong National Security Law

    A Harbinger of China’s Emerging International Legal Discourse Power

    The Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Security Law) highlights the shortcomings of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the inherent conflicts of the “one… more

  • Claudia Zilla, Madeleyne Aguilar Andrade

    Bolivia after the 2020 General Elections

    Despite the Return to Power of the MAS, a New Political Era Could Be About to Begin

    On 8 November Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca took office as the new president and vice-president of Bolivia, respectively. Less than a month earlier, they had won the elections in the first round with more than 55 per cent of the vote. Thus, the… more

  • Maghrebi Rivalries Over Sub‑Saharan Africa

    Algeria and Tunisia Seeking to Keep Up with Morocco

    The Covid-19 pandemic has moved relations with Sub-Saharan Africa further up the Maghreb countries’ agenda and consolidated existing trends. Morocco is the Maghreb state with the most sophisticated Sub-Sahara policy. Its motivations include attractive… more

  • Turkey–Russia Partnership in the War over Nagorno-Karabakh

    Militarised Peacebuilding with Implications for Conflict Transformation

    By siding with Azerbaijan in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey is primarily pursuing the goal of undermining the current status quo of the region. Ankara aims above all to secure a place at the table where a solution to the conflict between… more

  • The Difficult Normalisation of Relations between Arab Countries and Bashar al‑Assad

    From International Journals, Think Tank Publications and Arab News Media, 2019–2020

    The Syrian civil war seems to have been decided in favour of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, the process and the debate about the normalisation of relations between Arab states and Syria, as well as the country’s possible… more

Analytical and academic papers

Janis Kluge, Michael Paul

Russia’s Arctic Strategy through 2035

SWP Comment 2020/C 57, November 2020, 4 Pages


Moritz Rudolf

The Hong Kong National Security Law

SWP Comment 2020/C 56, November 2020, 8 Pages


Claudia Zilla, Madeleyne Aguilar Andrade

Bolivia after the 2020 General Elections

SWP Comment 2020/C 55, November 2020, 8 Pages


Peter Becker

A European Economic Policy in the Making

SWP Research Paper 2020/RP 13, October 2020, 31 Pages


Andrea Schmitz

Uzbekistan’s Transformation

SWP Research Paper 2020/RP 12, September 2020, 32 Pages


»Point of View«

Russia’s Stake in the Nagorno-Karabakh War: Accident or Design?

Russia opted not to discourage the escalation of Nagorno-Karabakh smoldering conflict into a full-fledged war. There are strong signs that this was a choice of strategy. As Dumitru Minzarari explains, Moscow was seeking a major improvement in its regional standing.


Fading Hopes: Ethiopia on the Brink?

Ethiopia is facing its greatest challenge since the Abiy Ahmed transition. Abiy must end the conflict with the TPLF and stop the pogroms or the country risks implosion. As Annette Weber argues, that would have grave consequences for the entire Horn of Africa.



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Dossier, last update: November 2020

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The dossier addresses the set of problems subsumed under the term “North Korea conflict”. It offers select SWP publications as well as further information which analyses the issue from different substantive and structural perspectives.

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