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Das Bundesamt für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten (BfAA): Ein Update

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Anfang September habe ich hier einmal zusammengetragen, was man zu dem Zeitpunkt über das neue Bundesamt für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten (BfAA) wissen konnte. Seitdem sind noch mehr Informationen veröffentlicht worden. Daher gibt’s hier ein Update. Was wir im September bereits wussten oder was sich aus Quellen andeutet: Das BfAA wird für das Auswärtige Amt (und vielleicht auch […]

One decade of Polscieu

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Tomorrow, this blog celebrates its 10th anniversary. Much has happened in those ten years. Too much to write a summary, but the 305 posts published still document some of my work, my activism,  and my research over the years. I published my first post on 5 November 2010, after I had just returned from living […]

75 Jahre Vereinte Nationen im Bundestag: Mein Redemanuskript

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Heute Nachmittag (7. Oktober 2020) hatte ich die Freude, zusammen mit fünf Wissenschaftskolleg*innen und UN-Expert*innen (Hannah Birkenkötter, Nicole Deitelhoff, Manuel Fröhlich, Carlo Masala, Hans-Christof von Sponeck) im Unterausschuss Vereinte Nationen des Deutschen Bundestages mit den Abgeordneten über Lehren und Schlussfolgerungen aus 75 Jahren Vereinte Nationen zu diskutieren. Die Debatte ist auf der Bundestags-Webseite  auch schön zusammengefasst. […]

Das Bundesamt für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten (BfAA) in Brandenburg: Was wir wissen

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Vor wenigen Monaten hat der Deutsche Bundestag offiziell beschlossen, dass ab 1.1.2021 das neue Bundesamt für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten (BfAA) mit Sitz in Brandenburg(Havel) gegründet wird. Hier trage ich zusammen, was wir bislang alles wissen und was noch nicht (alles) auf der Wikipedia steht. [Ein neueres Update zum BfAA habe ich am 24. November 2020 veröffentlicht.] Warum mich das […]

Measuring interest group access to EU policy makers: what a difference a decade makes

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Ten years ago this week, in May 2010, I moved to Brussels for the first time. I went there to do research for my doctoral thesis, because I wanted to understand how EU interest groups got access to information. I wanted to be in Brussels to go beyond what was accessible on EU websites at the […]

Why I’m leaving university out of love for academia

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Do you know this feeling, when you sit in the corner of the entrance hall of a university building, somewhere in the world, on the sidelines of a conference, lost in a fascinating novel dataset or a paper, while other academics rush by? Or this feeling when dozens of pairs of eyes of students look […]

What happens when the US stops to fund WHO? Learning from UNESCO and UNRWA

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Tonight, the US-President decided to stop funding the World Health Organization (WHO). So let me explain what this means, as I have not only done research on WHO budgeting, but I also took a closer research look at what happened when the US stopped financing UNESCO in 2011 and UNRWA in 2018*. US total financing […]

United Nations Budget 2020: Fifth Committee debate on 27 December 2019 (live blogging)

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Update 1 (28 Dec 2019): Here’s the recording of the first part of the meeting (1h21m), and here the recording of the second part (2h25m). And this is the official UN press release on the Fifth Committee meeting of today. Update 2 (7 Jan 2020): The draft resolution containing the detailed result of the negotiations on […]

Official Secrets — A Movie Review from an Academic Perspective

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We went to see the movie “Official Secrets” this weekend, starring Keira Knightley in the role of Iraq War whistleblower Katharine Gun (UK). The film is based on the book “The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War”, and earlier this year Gun also talked to The Guardian (podcast) about her story. For the past decade, […]

Why Member States and Donors Create Pathologies in International Organizations

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Together with my colleague Vytautas Jankauskas, I have blogged over at the E-IR blog about our research on the United Nations. The article is titled “How Well-meaning Donors Create the UN Machinery They Don’t Like“. For me, this blog post condenses a few of the ideas that have evolved in my head over the past […]

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