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www.hans-georg-wieck.com is a non-commercial website, which portrays the works of Dr. Hans-Georg Wieck, a German diplomat und publisher. Here you find current articles and the most popular works from the archive section.

Current articles and speeches:


Germany 1945 - 2015 - a survey (pdf)


International Migration - A global challenge (pdf)

Speech at American Council on Germany from May 19, 2014


Berlin - Roles in History, Today and Tomorrow (pdf)


Speech at American Council on Germany from December 8, 2014


International Crisis Management – Lessons learned from the Cold War (pdf)



History tells us – beyond any doubt – that the security umbrella created for the free parts of Europe during the daunting decades of ideological and military confrontation in Europe kept the peace in Europe and secured a thriving economy in the free parts of the continent giving ample proof for the viability of a socially rooted market economy.

Today the world is confronted with almost innumerable crises undermining societies, hitherto stable political state structures and by way of terrorist acts – puts the security of citizens in our societies at risk.

What lessons can be learned from the days of the East-West confrontation, if any?

The North Atlantic Alliance has lost a great deal of its cohesion - as a result of the Iraq war in 2003 and the Howard Snowden revelations of US and British intelligence operations against Allies, including heads of government.

A convincing reset auf security cooperation on the basis of the Alliance could be reached as a byproduct of the Free Trade Area now negotiated between the European Union and the USA. The transatlantic common economic space would constitute the economic basis for close security cooperation in response to all kinds of threats and would allow the association of concerned countries according to the nature of the conflict-situation to be dealt with. New technologies will have to be integrated into the security network – new challenges such as digitally driven espionage from friend and foe constitute great dangers for the maintenance or restoration of trust among Allies – an  indispensable glue in times of crisis.

Some countries – for instance Germany - have to learn the lesson that the military component constitutes an indispensable element in all kinds of international crisis management – in particular in order to ensure credibility of the whole crisis management spectrum. Others – such as the US and Great Britain -  have to learn, that the military – if applied alone or in unconvincing strategies – could and would constitute eventual failure of the efforts to manage an international crisis at all.


Strategy Paper 2015 - issued by the Berlin based Association "Human Rights in Belarus" (pdf)

The Association “Human Rights in Belarus”, (“Menschenrechte in Belarus”), Berlin) - founded in 20014 in Berlin - supports the efforts of civil society in Belarus in support of a democratic transformation process of this former Soviet Republic.
The country lives under the authoritarian regime of Alexander Lukashenko since 1996 and does not enjoy the respect of individual human rights such as free expression of opinion, freedom of belief and the possibility of free and fair elections. The efficiency of the regime relies on power and on intimidation but also on the pledge of the government to safeguard for
the citizens of the country a somewhat decent way of life in economic and financial terms. 

The Association “Human Rights in Belarus” supports European cooperation with civil society in Belarus. By way of annual strategy papers the Association analyses the development of the country regularly and presents recommendations for action to the European Union and its member states.



Most popular archive articels (see section "archive" for more articels):

 

Diplomacy and globalization (pdf)

US President Woodrow Wilson pushed for PUBLIC DIPLOMACY in order to dismiss the concept and practice of SECRET DIPLOMACY that had been discredited by the outbreak of World War I. Public Diplomacy failed however at the time since it could not prevent the ill-conceived Versailles Treaty as the basis of peace and reconciliation after the Great War.In the meantime in many countries civil society have introduced initiatives on the international stage to strengthen the respect for individual human rights in all parts of the world by way of PUBLIC DIPLOMACY.


Intelligence and foreign policy (pdf)

Governmental decisions on international conflicts of a political, military or financial dimension put at risk the credibility of the government in the eyes of the citizen as well as the international prestige of the government and the country, but also the responsibility for the life of its citizens engaged in international missions.The development of international affairs including severe security issues on the Balkans and in the Near and Middle East in recent years brought about a change of attitude of government, parliament and public towards the importance and usefulness of the German secret intelligence structure such as Bundesnachrichtendienst and Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz. For a long time, they were considered ineffective and useless. They are integral part of the German administrative system. Since they have no active role in law enforcement they cannot arrest anyone. Their primary task is to collect and assess information on issues internal and external security.

Urban Development in India (pdf)

The report discusses urban development planning for Mega cities in India. They experience ongoing migration from backward rural regions. Urban settlement will grow – so will middle class India, however there is a back site to it – the slums. They are going to stay and develop subcultures of their own.


The New European Union and the New Russia (pdf)

The Lisbon Treaty of 2010 enables the European Union to act coherently on the international stage. National unilateralism has lost its legitimacy. No longer, we are faced with a defunct European Union. But things do not change quickly: “Rome was not built in day” so goes the saying.

The New Russia is reluctant to abandon its preference for bilateral relations with the members of the European Union when it comes to solve political issues or those of key economic questions.


The Emancipation of the Dalits in India From a European Point Of View (pdf)

The Dalit issue continues to plague the Indian nation at home and abroad. What can be done?An International Dalit Solidarity Movement urges parliament, government and the public in India to enable Dalits and Adivasis to fully enjoy their citizen rights - also in the rural backward areas of the country.


Germany and India – The role of Civil Society in Our Times (pdf)

Public affairs – do they matter in the daily life of citizens in Germany and in India?Yes, they do – to the surprise of not only a few observers.A case in point are the more than thirty regional associations of the German-Indian Society that had been established in Stuttgart in 1953. Such experience translated into initiatives of the European Council of the EU in the year 2000 launching the first European-Indian Round Table. It has grown into an active part of civil society in Europe as well as in India.

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