Commentary 05 August 2021

Pitfalls Between Science, Politics and Public Debate: Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers with dissenting opinions are often classified as an irrelevant minority. But those who deny the real diversity of scientific opinion undermine trust in science – and in politics.

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Policy brief

Africa and COVID-19: Where Do We Go from Here?

Africa was one of the last global regions to be hit by the pandemic, giving its leaders and regional organizations a head start in devising strategies to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. However, rising infection rates, new variants and inequities in the global vaccine roll-out mean that efforts cannot stop here.

By Oheneba Boateng, Lynda Iroulo

Munitions Typology: Chemical Weapons Deployed in the Syrian War

Since 2011, the Assad régime has used chemical weapons more than 336 times. Analyzing the munitions recovered from these attacks reveals a lot about the Syrian chemical weapons program – and those behind it.


Die Untergangsängste der Kanzlerin

Ja, es geht auch um deutsche Wirtschaftsinteressen. Doch der wahre Grund für Merkels zurückhaltende China-Politik ist ein anderer: Sie hält Deutschland und das fragile Gebilde Europa für zu schwach im Wettbewerb mit China.


Widerhall trotz Widerlegung: Wieso Seenotrettung kein Pull-Faktor ist

Der öffentliche Diskurs um Seenotrettung wird noch immer durch veraltete Push-Pull-Theorien dominiert und bringt dadurch Menschen in Gefahr. Durch eine differenziertere Betrachtung können wir Migrationsentscheidungen besser verstehen – und Leben retten.


The Undeniable Pessimism of Angela Merkel’s Worldview

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy on China is defined by a doom-and-gloom mentality. If Berlin’s new government wants to change course, it’ll need a psychological shift.

Policy brief

Governing Evaluations

Evaluating programs to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/​CVE) is an emerging field without established recipes for success. Examining common challenges across borders can help make deliberate decisions about the structures governing P/​CVE evaluation.