SPECIAL EDITION

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Der Kaschmir-Konflikt-

Neue Fronten am Fuße des Himalayas

Simon Hartweger

Nagorno-Karabakh and Eastern Partnership- Is there a Role for the EU?

Anna Steiner 

Konflikt in Nordäthiopien - 

Wege zur Konfliktbeilegung

Matthias Leitner

USA - what next?

Josef Braml and Urlich Schlie 

Biden Administration-

Effect on multilateralism

Heinz Gärtner

India and China:

Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific Decade (I)

Velina Tchakarova

Editorial

Dear strategists, analysts, experts in all areas from peace to security!

Exciting times are ahead for those seeking to engage, educate, learn, and share their knowledge and expertise on the most burning issues of global affairs. The optimum outcome and desired “endstate” of this is evidence-based and enlightened policymaking.

There is no better moment for the launch of a new journal than the Eve of the Munich Security Conference 2021. Multilateralism is back. We all carefully listened to the United States’ Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, in November 2020 when President-Elect Joe Biden presented Members of his Cabinet, speaking in support of multilateralism. However, US connoisseur, Josef Braml, from the German Council on Foreign Relations warns in this issue against of uncritically absorbing this overall perception of renewal by asking whether, ultimately, the UN will be instrumentalised once more. Will he be proven right? Or will there be a real game-change?

It is clear that we are in urgent need of philosophers, thinkers, strategists, and open-minded people who are capable and willing to broaden the horizon, rather than losing stance due to a lack of vision and ability to judge what is at stake. 

For the very beginning, the TDHJ First Special Edition is dedicated to Geopolitics to span the whole spectrum of conflict and fragility the world is undergoing.

When publishing a series on topics like the future of the Western Balkans or security policy in South-East Asia, we intend to publish first-hand insights and opinions made by decision-makers and high-representatives. 

Certainly, we will draw lessons from conferences, research, and networks such as OECD International Network on Conflict and Fragility, the eminent Basel Peace Forum, German PeaceLab or New York-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, to name a few. However, the TDHJ platform for security and defence, peace and development makes sure that every type of science-driven opinion and counter-opinion can be covered. We ensure that your voice is heard!

We have set ourselves the goal of stimulating a peer-reviewed discourse for modern futurism and informed policy consulting. The TDHJ Special Edition stands for facilitating this.

Leadership and precision do not come out of the blue. It is a constant striving for Erkenntnis in a Kantian sense, complemented by a real-time, fresh and impartial modelling of concepts through an interdisciplinary exchange. 

This journal was born in this sense — a timely and fascinating experiment.

Let’s start!

Matthias Wasinger

Ursula Werther-Pietsch

Editor in Chief

Co-editor - TDHJ Special Edition

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