Regional Integration in ASEAN: The Need for a Progressive Alternative

The ‘Principle of Non-Interference’, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ anachronistic view on state sovereignty, is the leading obstacle blocking deeper progress in the region. It also serves as a smokescreen that enables rampant human rights violations to surface. A radical overhaul of this union is long overdue – and it must come from the people themselves. The European Union (EU) and the Association of th
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„Strategie neu denken: Ist Strategie lehrbar? Struktur und Inhalte eines Lehrgegenstandes Strategisches Denken“ – Wiener Strategiekonferenz 2017

Zum zweiten Mal fand diesen Juni die Wiener Strategiekonferenz statt, organisiert von der Österreichischen Militärischen Zeitschrift (ÖMZ) und der European Military Press Association (EMPA) in Kooperation mit dem Zentrum für menschenorientierte Führung und Wehrpolitik (ZMFW). Der Erfolg der letztjährigen Konferenz veranlasste den Organisator Brigadier MMag. Dr. Wolfgang Peischel, Chefredakteur der ÖMZ, dazu, wieder h
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Kashmir and the Problems of Peace

Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K   Triggered by the killing of Burhan Wani, a popular social media activist and separatist leader, protests and riots broke out in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), culminating in at least 80 civilians dead and thousands injured and arrested. According to The Indian Express, more than 280 incidents of skirmishes and shelling between Indian and Pakistani forces have been reported
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Peacebuilding and Violent Extremism

The question whether countries post-conflict should focus on democratization or economic performance to ensure stability has shifted dramatically in the last few decades towards the latter. At the same time these two developments still, or increasingly so, are treated as independent from each other. In the following few paragraphs I will try to point out that not only the notion of economic performance before politic
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Sinusoidal Tendencies – A concise history of political violence in Turkey

Turkey is in the news again. This time supposedly as a major producer of political violence once more, as opposed to the beforehand popular portrayal of a victim of such. In this blog post I will try to analytically reflect the last three decades of political violence (at least the lethal aspect of it) and how that cumulates in today’s rather dire security situation in Turkey. When counting terrorism fatalities (acco
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ÖMZ Pilotkonferenz 2016

„Strategie neu denken“: Ein Konferenzbericht

Von 22. bis 24. Juni 2016 hat die Österreichische Militärische Zeitschrift (ÖMZ) gemeinsam mit der European Military Press Association (EMPA) zur Pilotkonferenz „Strategie neu denken“ in die Wiener Stiftskaserne geladen. Anspruch dieser Konferenz war es, eine strategisch-militärwissenschaftliche Kommunikations- und Diskussionsplattform zu schaffen. Aus meiner anfänglichen Skepsis möchte ich kein Hehl machen: Das besc
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Russia China Relations: From Strategic Partnership to Regional Rivalry? (Part 3)

Scenario II: Sinification and Russia’s Far East  The Chinese-Russian border has long been an area for concern between the two countries. The Cold War has witnessed border conflicts between China and the Soviet Union, including military build-up alongside the border and multiple frontier incidents (Hsu and Soong, 2014, p.72). But in 2008 a big effort was made to reduce future tensions by signing a joint agreement on t
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Russia China Relations: From Strategic Partnership to Regional Rivalry? (Part 2)

Part 2 Scenarios of Deteriorating Relations The Chinese-Russian relationship has been stable over the last two decades and continues to improve. Even the Russian interventions in Ukraine and in Syria did not lead to deteriorating relations, a scenario some western analysts predicted (Fu Ying, 2016). However, the Chinese response to the crisis in Ukraine gives an insight into the limits of their relation. China was ve
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Russia China Relations: From Strategic Partnership to Regional Rivalry? (Part 1)

Part 1 Ties between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation currently are rather friendly, especially if compared to the conflict-ridden years during the Cold War (Fu Ying, 2016). The first step to better relations was laid down in 1989 when Mikhail Gorbachev paid an official visit to China, marking the normalization of their relations. The relationship subsequently improved, leading to a „str
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Die Welt versinkt in Angst, Blut und Tränen!

In den vergangenen zwei Monaten starben bei Terroranschlägen in der Türkei (10. Oktober), in Ägypten (31. Oktober), im Libanon (12. November) sowie im Irak und in Frankreich (jeweils 13. November) insgesamt mehr als 500 Menschen, weit über 1.000 wurden zum Teil schwer verletzt. 14 Jahre nach Verkündung eines vollumfänglichen „War on Terror“ müssen sich nun endlich alle Verantwortlichen eingestehen, dass man den damal
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