Guidebook 22 April 2024

Gaming the Political Economy of Conflict

Economic factors can prove decisive in conflict contexts. Policymakers are increasingly looking to influence political economy dynamics in their stabilization efforts. This practical guide shows how simulation games can help them make better decisions.

ENSURED: Shaping Multilateralism for a World in Transition

The international order seems to be in crisis. How can the EU defend and transform global governance to make it more robust, effective and democratic?

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Problems Not Solved: The EU Asylum Law Reform Is a Bad Compromise

The German government has celebrated the European asylum law reform as a success. But it does nothing to address the most important structural and political problems of the underlying system.

Policy brief

Political Participation in Kharkiv

War changes the distribution of political power in societies. Ukraine has been no execption. How has the fight against Russia’s full-scale invasion affected the gender dynamics of political power in Kharkiv?


German Foreign Policy and the Rwandan Genocide

The genocide in Rwanda marked a turning point in world politics. Based on an analysis of archival records from the Federal Foreign Office, this study provides insights into Germany’s foreign policy before and during the events of 1994 and discusses lessons for policymaking that remain relevant today.

By Sarah Brockmeier-Large, Anton Peez

Whose Bright Idea Was That?

How do think tankers know if they are making a difference? The short answer: most don’t. We propose a framework that can help think tanks better assess and perhaps even improve their work.

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Von Risiken und Nebenwirkungen

Der Begriff fehlt zurzeit in keiner China-Diskussion: De-Risking“. Europa muss eine eigene Strategie dafür entwickeln, die auch die militärische Dimension berücksichtigt.


Olaf Scholz in China: Der Kanzler muss deutsche Kerninteressen verteidigen

So wie Peking selbstbewusst seine Interessen verteidigt, sollte Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz das bei seinem Besuch in China für Deutschland tun. Er kann zeigen, dass Realpolitik das Gegenteil von Unterwürfigkeit ist.

Policy brief

Queering Displacement

Although international actors are already supporting IDPs in Ukraine, a particularly vulnerable subset – queer IDPs – have specific needs that are not being addressed. But there are clear opportunities to offer more targeted support.

By Maryna Shevtsova

Never Say Never: Learning Lessons from Afghanistan Reviews

Looking at the most substantive reviews conducted to date on the international intervention in Afghanistan, are there signs that different actors have jointly learned from it?

By Tina Blohm, Philipp Rotmann, Florian Weigand

Streit um die Entwicklungspolitik: Welche nationalen Interessen?

Der Streit um die Entwicklungspolitik sollte darum gehen, wie Deutschland seine Interessen besser priorisiert. Das würde der Armutsreduzierung dienen.


Baerbocks Außenpolitik: Ein feministischer Flickenteppich

Deutschlands Außenpolitik sollte neu ausgerichtet werden. Das ist nicht ausreichend gelungen, wie der Umgang mit den Kriegen in der Ukraine und Gaza zeigt. 

By Niklas Balbon, Diba Mirzaei