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Ronald Meinardus

Head of the Turkey Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) in Istanbul

Ronald Meinardus heads the Turkey Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) in Istanbul.

Following studies of International Relations and History in Hamburg and Athens and work as a broadcaster, he began his professional career as a journalist. He held senior positions at Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster.

He has also served the Friedrich Naumann Foundation as resident representative and project director in Greece, South Korea and in the Philippines.

He tweets at @meinardus.

Articles by Ronald Meinardus

EU: Forever Timid on Erdogan’s Turkey?

The EU searches for a solid strategy for dealing with Turkey. The new U.S. administration may induce it to toughen its course.

December 14, 2020

Why Asia is the Champion of Globalization

Can the EU replace the United States, as China starts dominating the globe?

September 24, 2017

India: The Perils of Digital Transformation

Just like China may grow old before it gets rich, Modi’s hoped-for manufacturing boom in India may not happen due to the onset of automation.

May 22, 2017

India’s Noxious Cow Politics

"Cow vigilantilism” has become a threat to India’s communal harmony.

April 24, 2017

How India Copes with Demonetization

What happens when your cash is worthless all of a sudden

November 28, 2016

India’s Smart Cities: A Vision Without Base

The lack of a strong system of local autonomy and a poor infrastructure are the most serious handicaps for India’s Smart City vision.

September 15, 2016

Pakistan’s Shrinking Liberal Minority

Caught between Western-backed illiberal authoritarians and anti-Western religious fanatics, liberalism is under siege

June 5, 2016

Egypt’s Revolution: Five Years After

All around the world, active citizenship is under attack and the space for civic engagement is closing.

January 25, 2016

India and the Threat of Islamist Terrorism

So far, ISIS has not turned its attention heavily toward the religiously diverse target.

January 24, 2016

Why India Needs More Freedom

The world’s second-largest nation faces a true culture clash.

December 6, 2015

India’s Political Climate Is Getting Tenser

To what degree are tolerance and freedom of expression endangered in India?

November 3, 2015

India: Why Does a Caste Aspire to Move Down the Social Ladder?

No other topic causes such emotional stir in India as the caste issue and everything related to it.

September 22, 2015

India: Religious Census Data Stirs Controversy

Did the BJP release population data to use it as “ammunition” to incite Hindu masses? So says the opposition.

September 5, 2015

The Malaise of Greek Liberalism

Why have efforts to establish liberalism in Greece not been successful?

August 16, 2015

Modi’s First Year: A German View

Europe is watching how Modi performs in moving India's economy ahead.

May 27, 2015

Deaf Ears: India and the “Islamic State”

A new priority for Indian foreign policy.

March 6, 2015

India and Israel: A Demonstrative Love Affair

India and Israel have a budding relationship based on security and foreign policy concerns.

February 22, 2015

Sri Lanka’s Rainbow Revolution

First step towards lasting peace?

February 14, 2015

The Obama/Modi Duo: A Summit of Democracies

President Obama’s visit to India has shown the world where his sympathies lie.

January 26, 2015

Bhutan: Reconciling Economic Growth and the Environment

Taking a democratically-based, long-term approach to development.

November 30, 2014

Liberalism in the Arab World?

The trials and tribulations behind raising support for liberal policies in Egypt and beyond.

May 28, 2014

What the West Doesn’t Understand About Egypt

Have the people of Egypt succumbed to a herd mentality justifying any action by the state?

February 18, 2014