Since 2011, the Middle East has been shaken by democratic movements, backlashes against them and outright civil war. The relatively stable powers in the region, namely Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, have been trying their best to benefit from the upheavals, intervening in various ways and getting embroiled in these conflicts. With one notable exception – Israel has been exceptionally hesitant to pursue any policy whatsoever towards the Arab spring. Continue reading Israel may be successfully sleeping through the Arab spring
Swing riding in Kabul
„Wanna go to Kabul this Fall?“ When my sister first suggested to spend both our vacations with our mum in Afghanistan, I thought she was kidding. Continue reading Swing riding in Kabul
The Fall of Kundus
The Taliban capture of Kundus, Afghanistan’s main transportation hub in the North and the first major city controlled by the Taliban since 2001, is a major setback for government forces. Just how dire is the situation? Continue reading The Fall of Kundus
What kind of Europe do we want?
Not surprisingly, the EU courts have decided that national law may determine who gets welfare, rather than EU law, at least when it comes to foreign EU nationals. A sad, yet reasonable decision. Continue reading What kind of Europe do we want?
Levante: Die neue Af-Pak Region
Afghanistan ist nicht der Irak. Diese Annahme klingt banal, war aber die Grundlage entscheidender policy-Entscheidungen: Unter Obama haben die USA von vornherein unterschiedliche Ansätze zz Bekämpfung des Terrorismus in beiden Ländern verfolgt. Mit dem IS aber nehmen die Parallelen zu. Continue reading Levante: Die neue Af-Pak Region