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About Volker Perthes

Volker Perthes is director of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs / SWP) in Berlin. He has published widely on Iraq and the middle east

Articles by Volker Perthes

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Arab revolts in year two

The uprisings across the Arab world are becoming more complex and variable as they enter their second year. This makes it all the more important to identify their main dynamics, says Volker Perthes.

After 9/11: three dimensions of change

The attacks of 11 September 2001 did not, after all, transform the world. But they did propel the United States into a unilateral and regime-change moment - and pose a more enduring challenge both to American and European conceptions of security and stability, says Volker Perthes.

Iran 2010-11: four scenarios and a nightmare

The path to a resolution of Iran’s internal political crisis and its international nuclear confrontation is uncertain. Volker Perthes outlines four possible ways forward.

Iraq in 2012: four scenarios

What will Iraq's future resemble - and under which United States president? Volker Perthes outlines four possible, contrasting outcomes by 2012, and invites response as to the most likely.

(This article was first published on 11 September 2007)

Beyond peace: Israel, the Arab world, and Europe

The 2000s have been locust years for the middle-east peace process. But in 2008, the European Union has an opportunity to steer a progressive dynamic across the region, says Volker Perthes.
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