Volker Stanzel

Volker Stanzel is the former Under Secretary for Political Affairs, German Foreign Office.

Japan & Trump: Now What?

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Despite Trump in the White House, Japan aims to get the TPP anyway and keep U.S. troops in the country too. Is that realistic?

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U.S. History a Warning on EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

This time, it may be Europe – not the United States – that faces the ghosts of the “MS St. Louis.”

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Germany’s Gauck in China: Human Rights for Home Consumption

How the Chinese leadership manages to cottonball sensitive state visits.

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Germany and Japan: A Comeback Story

A strategic reflection 70 years after the end of WWII.

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The Global American Dream

The U.S. is still the world’s gold standard.

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When America Simply Shrugs

Despite a plethora of quite fixable problems, Americans seem increasingly inclined just to look the other way.

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Trade as a Confidence-Building Measure in East Asia

The future of East Asia depends upon the ability of its nations to jump over the shadows of the past.

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