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The unequal brothers – Turkey, Iran and the nuclear dispute

Article

Turkey and Iran have traditionally had a strained relationship. On the one hand, this can be clearly seen in their rivalry for predominance in the region, but on the other, it is shot through with the need for neighbourly cooperation. 

By Kristian Brakel

Integration for whom?

Article

The integration processes of Syrian refugees in Turkey. This piece explores the politics of integration in relation to how policy makers interpret integration and where refugees stand in their interpretation.

The Swedish Feminist Foreign Policy

Analysis

In 2015 Sweden announced to adopt a feminist foreign policy, making it the first country in the world to implement this aspect in the work of Swedish foreign affairs. What happened since then?

By Johan Frisell

Nationalism in Turkey: Roots and Contemporary Answers

Analysis

Nationalism has been the most influential trend in both current political discussions as well as the in emergence of more engrained political processes in Turkey. In all political strands from the far left to the far right, a ferment, or at least an influential force of nationalism exists in varying tones and different degrees. 

By Yahya Kemal Can

Talking about China in Myanmar

Report

As a direct neighbour to China, Myanmar plays a strategic role in the “Belt and Road Initiative”. In order to make this work in Myanmar’s highly fractured society, government needs to be more transparent, and parliamentarians and civil society need a greater say in the planning.

By Axel Harneit-Sivers

Foreign policy as a balancing act

Article

Russia’s policy in the Middle East is geared strictly to the country’s interests: to fulfil its role as a major power, stabilise the region and minimise every risk as much as possible. This offers opportunities 

By Johannes Voswinkel

America’s Iran Policy: Between War-Weariness and Military Escalation

Article

Donald Trump is caught in a deadlock of his own making. He does not want to find himself responsible for a new war in the Middle East right in the middle of an election campaign. At the same time, he wants to look like a tough guy who never backtracks. This is what is making the situation so unpredictable.  

By Bastian Hermisson

Nerves on edge

Article

The escalating nuclear conflict between Iran and the United States is making life harder for Irans population. In particular, the emergence of a middle class is under threat.

By Omid Nouripour

Focused on the Far Right

Background

In the run-up to the European elections, US President Donald Trump shows where his sympathies lie.

By Dominik Tolksdorf

Discredited and divided: UK elections in the age of Brexit

Article

The ballot sheets being printed ahead of the polling day for the European elections on 26th May shows that Britain’s next delegation of 71 MEPs is likely to be a wild jumble of representatives from different parties.

By James Bartholomeusz

European election campaign in Poland: test run for autumn general elections

Backgrounder

The figures speak for themselves: 15 years after joining the European community, 91 percent of Poles support EU membership, with only five percent against. According to 78 percent of those surveyed, the consequences are overwhelmingly positive. Moreover, 56 percent feel they are Europeans, an increase of around 13 percent compared to 2014.

By Irene Hahn-Fuhr

Europe: The Next Act

Interview

Through the dramas of recent years, this interview with the Dutch historian carries us from the EU’s postwar foundation to the year 2049, sketching out what the return of European politics could mean for the decades to come.

By Laurent Standaert, Luuk van Middelaar

The Ukrainian Presidential Elections in Times of Distrust

Article

After the first round of the Ukrainian presidential elections we asked three authors to analyse the outcomes from different perspectives. Yevhen Hlibovytsky, Hanna Shelest and Sergej Sumlenny have a close look at the general outcomes, foreign and security policy related issues as well as sociological aspects. 

By Sergej Sumlenny, Hanna Shelest, Yevhen Hlibovytsky

What’s in for the Greens in the 2019 European elections?

Blog

It is less than 100 days until the European elections kicks off in the first EU member state: the Netherlands will be heading to the polls on Thursday, 23 May, with the remaining countries to follow until Sunday, 26 May. After this, we will know how the 450 million eligible EU voters have decided (not) to vote.

By Tobias Gerhard Schminke

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