America and China: Strategic “Competition” in the Pacific Escalates

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America and China: Strategic “Competition” in the Pacific Escalates

by Michael Liebig

The American sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein has recently noted that most politicians and media have a strange habit: debating intensely geopolitical developments which turn out to be non-events. Wallerstein listed some recent examples of this geopolitical myopia: „Israel is not going to bomb

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“Cyberwar” & Cybersecurity

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On June 16, 2011, the Cyber-Abwehrzentrum – its official English designation is “National Cyber Response Center” – was officially inaugurated in Germany. In the media coverage on the occasion the term “cyberwar” played a prominent role. Indeed, “cyberwar” has become a media catchword – like “star wars” (aka SDI) in the 1980s or “war on terror” after Sept. 11, 2001. However, we should have learned that security – including security in cyberspace – is not exclusively, not even primarily a military matter.

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The Berlin Wall: A Lesson in Geopolitics

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The Berlin Wall: A Lesson in Geopolitics

By Michael Liebig

Fifty years ago, on August 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall was built on orders by Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, and East German leader, Walter Ulbricht. Oddly enough, the governments of the United States, Britain and France, which then had the exclusive sovereignty over West-Berlin

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“Pirates” in Berlin – Some Thoughts on a New Political Phenomenon

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“Pirates” in Berlin – Some Thoughts on a New Political Phenomenon

by Michael Liebig

 

Normally, the results of the election for the city parliament of the German capital Berlin would not be matter of major interest – certainly not outside Germany. But the Sept. 18 elections in Berlin produced something quite unusual

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9/11: Ten Years After

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9/11: Ten Years After

by Michael Liebig

 

The shock and the emotional excitement in the United States and worldwide on Sept. 11, 2001, and during the months thereafter, have faded away with time passing. Ten years later, a sober assessment will conclude that 9/11 has not decisively changed the basic trends in

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The Political Sociology of Stress

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The Political Sociology of Stress

by Michael Liebig

At a graffiti-painted wall in a run-down building in Frankfurt, I recently read the following sentence: “The Essence of the 21st Century in One Word: Stress”. Well, we ‚re only into the 11th year of the 21st century. And the 20th century with its “hot” and “cold”

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Rezension: Deutsch-amerikanische Intelligence Kooperationen

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Anna Daun Auge um Auge? Intelligence-Kooperation in den deutsch-amerikanischen Beziehungen VS Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2011

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A Chinese Becomes Deputy Head of the IMF

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by Michael Liebig

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is certainly one of the most influential international institutions. It does matter a lot when the head of the IMF addresses the debt crisis in the United States by demanding that “bold fiscal action” be taken “immediately” to avert “an adverse fiscal shock” with international ramifications.

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Germany “Suspends” the Draft

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By Michael Liebig

As of July 1, 2011 mandatory military service is “suspended” in Germany. Now almost all European countries have all-volunteer armies. Was the German move a sensible and overdue adaption to the international security environment? Serious doubts come to mind.

Conscription was not formally abolished because this would have necessitated a change

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Expedition in die Grauzone

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Stephan Blancke Private Intelligence Geheimdienstliche Aktivitäten nicht-staatlicher Akteure VS Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2011

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