Sybille Röhrkasten, Kirsten Westphal

IRENA: Stay the Course!

On the Value of a Multilateral Organisation for Renewable Energy

SWP Comment 2012/C 37, November 2012, 4 Pages

Renewable energy is crucial to Germany’s phasing-out of nuclear power and the associated energy transition. It is a field in which international cooperation is imperative. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) could play a decisive role in advancing renewables globally, but its true potential has yet to be tapped. While its official founding represented an important achievement for German foreign policy, in year two more concerted efforts are still needed to realise the original vision. Otherwise marginalisation looms. Germany continues to play a central role.

SWP Research Paper

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Uzbekistan’s Transformation

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Reconstruction in Syria

Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and its Member States