Kategorie Debatte

JEFFERSON AND JACKSON IN THE FRONT SEATS: US FOREIGN POLICY UNDER TRUMP

Donald Trump’s foreign policy agenda has been characterized as unpredictable, unprecedented and – after a telling neologism of the president himself – unpresidented. In this blog post I will argue that the constituent parts of Trump’s foreign policy are all but new. What is new is their combination. Moreover, while Trump’s Jeffersonianism-Jacksonianism stands in stark contrast to the Wilsonianism-Hamiltonianism that Hillary Clinton embraced during her election campaign, it is only a partial departure from Barack Obama’s Jeffersonianism-Hamiltonianism.

Colombia’s emotional struggle with the past – why peace was rejected

On October the 2nd the Colombian people rejected the peace agreement between the government and the FARC in a referendum with a very thin majority of 0.4%. With this unexpected rejection, the referendum was in some ways similar to the Brexit referendum, for the results of which David Cameron was as little prepared as Juan Manuel Santos for his rejection; there was obviously no Plan B. In the last weeks, the government undertook ten changes to the agreement, but it will not go through a referendum again. Santos, as he said, has learned his lesson from the rejection and will seek to have the amended peace agreement approved in Congress. This will likely lead to the implementation of the peace agreement and the furtherance of its goals, such as a DDR process, land reforms, a transitional justice process and reparations for victims, just to mention a few. But this progress in peace will be seen as being at odds with popular opinion. Many of the “no” voters are still not satisfied with the adjustments made by the government and the FARC, and neither are the sectors of the opposition mainly responsible for the rejection. Nevertheless, the government and the FARC are progressing with the implementation, and peace talks with the second-largest – and now the last standing – guerrilla group, the ELN, are scheduled to start in 2017. The prospects for 2018 and onwards, when the presidency election will be held, are more questionable.

Atlanta and #allmalepanels: #isa2016 as it happened on Twitter

Does the ISA Annual Convention have a gender problem? Twitter users sure think it does. And they might have a point. I’ve downloaded and looked at all the tweets about #isa2016–and the tweet that received by far the most likes and retweets was this one: Spotted some #allmalepanels from the #ISA2016 program. Congrats! pic.twitter.com/G7BtppRX9C — […]

„Die EU kann ein zentraler Partner für den Vorderen Orient werden“

Fünf Jahre nach dem „Arabischen Frühling“ ist von Aufbruchstimmung im Vorderen Orient und Nordafrika nicht mehr viel geblieben. Woran liegt das? Welchen Anteil haben die Europäer daran? Und was sollte die Europäische Union nun tun? Darüber sprachen wir mit Niklas Bremberg, Experte des Schwedischen Instituts für Internationale Beziehungen für die EU-Politik im Mittelmeerraum.

„Die junge Generation wird die Idee von Europas Einigung verteidigen“

Vielerorts machen sich Sorgen breit: Was bedeutet die Flüchtlingskrise für Europa? Wie geht es weiter im syrischen Bürgerkrieg? Wie lässt sich der Hunger in Afrika – derzeit verstärkt durch El Niño – bekämpfen? Und welche Rolle kann Deutschland spielen? Antworten gibt der erfahrene schwedische Spitzendiplomat und frühere Vizepräsident der Weltbank, Mats Karlsson, im Bretterblog-Interview.

Source: Rev. Wilfredo Benitez für Orange County for Darfur (https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/SzMMFKyZJ4mVEL8433cr_w)

R2P might be faltering, but it is not yet fallen

Some argue that the Responsibility to Protect, an international norm that aims to prevent mass atrocities, was faltering, because of its abuse in Libya and its non-application in Syria. Gregor Hofmann argues in this cross-post from the ICRtoP-Blog that the critics‘ interpretation was limiting R2P to its interventionist aspects. If one looks at the whole […]

Myanmar before the elections: Transforming towards democracy?

In the last few years, Myanmar has undergone a severe and unexpected change. The military-led country has been starting to open up its borders and economy, enhance citizens‘ rights and, allegedly, democratize. While the EU and US were quick to celebrate the changes and lift sanctions in return, a number of questions remain: Will the changes […]

[Crosspost] “We are hostages here in Hong Kong”

In many European countries poverty migration and its impact on the European continent are currently widely discussed topics. Many seem to forget about grave migration problems taking place in Asia, where in Hong Kong, for example, the working and living conditions for approximately 320,000 foreign domestic workers (mostly women) are often intolerable.

Kaisers neue Kleider: Anmerkungen zur Kritik der Hochschullehre im „akademischen Kapitalismus“

An dieser Stelle beschrieb Stefan Müller kürzlich Drei Vorschläge für eine Verbesserung der Lehre an deutschen Universitäten. Er reagierte damit auf Vorwürfe des finnischen Studenten Juuso Nisula, der unter dem Titel Acht Gründe, nie wieder in Deutschland zu studieren seinem Unmut über das intransparente und austauschhinderliche Studienklima an der Universität Köln massenmedientauglich Luft verschafft hatte […]

Stillstand bedeutet Rückschritt: Drei Vorschläge für eine Verbesserung der Lehre an deutschen Universitäten

Die Debatte, wie die Organisation des universitären Lehrbetriebs an deutschen Hochschulen verbessert werden kann, wurde in den vergangenen Monaten intensiv medial begleitet. Eine ehrliche Diskussion über realistisch umsetzbare Reformen ist notwendig. Ich plädiere vor allem für eine Diversifizierung der Prüfungsleistungen, wodurch sich gleichzeitig die Vorbereitung auf Seminare verbessern könnte. Darüber hinaus wäre ein konsensorientierteres Verhältnis zwischen Dozenten_innen, […]