Ukraine: we need peace now

As we write this article, Russia’s war against Ukraine is going into the fourth week with all its ferocity and there is no end to hostilities in sight. Daily, we see heartbreaking pictures of horrific human sufferings, the killing of civilians caught in the fighting, the deterioration of basic living conditions and the enormous destruction […]

Russia’s attack on Ukraine

Russia has attacked Ukraine on a broad front with overwhelming military power, and this without being directly provoked. It is a war of aggression to gain territory and political advantages and hence is a clear violation of the UN Charter. This is the first major war between sovereign states within Europe since NATO’s equally illegal […]

The Ukraine conflict

NATO’s intention to admit Ukraine as a full member and Russia’s reaction to it in amassing 100,000 troops at the border with Ukraine has led to the most serious and dangerous crisis on the European continent since the end of the Cold War. As if the Cold War had never ended, the two strongest nuclear […]

Afghanistan und die Verdrängung einer schweren Verantwortung

Nach 20 Jahren Krieg zieht die NATO fast fluchtartig aus Afghanistan ab; die letzten Bundeswehrsoldaten haben Afghanistan bereits verlassen. Dabei war man einst mit hochtrabenden Zielen ausgezogen, um am Hindu Kusch die Demokratie zu verteidigen, die al-Qaida zu vernichten, das Land von einem Taliban Regime zu befreien und es durch die Einführung einer liberalen Demokratie […]

Europa braucht eine neue Vision, keinen neuen Kalten Krieg

In einer sich verändernden Welt muss Europa gemäß seinen eigenen sicherheitspolitischen und ökonomischen Interessen sowie seiner besonderen internationalen Verantwortung für den Erhalt des Weltfriedens handeln. (Michael von der Schulenburg) Als der Kalte Krieg 1990 friedlich endete, profitierte Europa davon am meisten. Heute, nur 30 Jahre später, scheinen wir am Rand eines weiteren Kalten Krieges zu […]

In der Ukraine könnte das Fundament für einen europäischen Frieden gelegt werden

Die Ankündigung der Nato, die Ukraine als Vollmitglied aufnehmen zu wollen, und die russische Reaktion darauf, in einer Drohgebärde 100.000 Soldaten an die Grenze zur Ukraine zu verlegen, hat zu der schwersten und gefährlichsten Krise auf dem europäischen Kontinent nach dem Ende des Kalten Krieges geführt. Dieser Konflikt ist nun zu einem direkten Konflikt zwischen […]

The Cold War only ends with NATO’s defeat in the Hindu Kush

I have always loved Afghanistan and the friendliness and hospitality of its people. I experienced Afghans not as extremists but as an extraordinarily proud, sincere and honest people who are scraping a living out of the harsh conditions of their country. I miss the mountains with their snow caps, the narrow green valleys with their […]

A bit more about that Afghanistan population problem

David Archibald, writing in American Thinker last week, has an interesting analysis of population growth and the dependence on wheat imports in Afghanistan. I thank him for this analysis. Let me add an observation I made when I accompanied Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi to Afghanistan to open the U.N. office — later called UNAMI — in […]

Is American democracy failing its people?

The impeachment process in the US Congress is over, with former President Trump being acquitted. Both sides of America’s political divide now claim victory. Michael von der Schulenburg argues that all sides have lost, and that American democracy is failing its people. More than ever in the past, the impeachment, a political rather than a […]

Where stands Europe in a changing world?

Europe faces fundamental geopolitical changes caused by a decline in US global power, the rise of China and Asia, a re-assertive Russia, the emergence of multiple regional powers and the many intra-state armed conflicts in its neighborhood. To this come the effects of continued population increases, especially in Africa and the Middle East, scarce resources, […]