It is only when you share your thoughts that you will realize what they are worth. This is why we write!

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As a Think-and-Do-Tank the Bureau for Current Affairs does not only carry out the clients' orders, but it also gets actively involved in socio-political debates.

The chance to find sustainable answers to the challenges of our time depends on the questions which are asked. Here, we sympathize with Sir Francis Bacon’s statement: “A clever question is half the wisdom.” Getting to the bottom of things, understanding relationships and promoting socio-political meaning by exchanging views with others – such is our objective.

This is why we sometimes put pen to paper – to outline our thoughts, to put them to the test, or simply to spark off a little provocation …

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Wahrnehmungen aus der sächsischen Gesellschaft. Zwischen Zuversicht, Ernüchterung und neuen Perspektiven.

Authors: RAA Sachsen e.V./ Bureau für Zeitgeschehen (BfZ)

#EuropeMatters – Europe 2030 towards a renewed social contract?

The relationship between the European Union and its citizens is currently at a turning point. The scenarios - co-developed by the BfZ - identify the key drivers that will determine the direction of a future Europe.

Authors: Pascal Lamy (with contributions from Mathew J. Burrows, Antonia Erlandsson, Oliver Gnad, Dharmendra Kanani, Jacques Bughin and Roman Pable)

Ukraine Through German Eyes – Images and Perceptions of a Country in Transition

Four years after the Euromaidan, the study takes stock of how Ukraine is perceived in Germany in the context of its international relations and internal developments, where its specific strengths and weaknesses are seen and what expectations are linked to the future of the country.

Authors: Bureau fuer Zeitgeschehen (BfZ)

The Aspen Insight – Knowing today what matters tomorrow

To analyze the long-term consequences of Brexit and D. Trump's election for the liberal international order, international experts from 17 countries developed scenarios for the year 2025.

Authors: Oliver Gnad (Editor)

Desert Powered Progress. A pilot project for integrated EU and trans-Mediterranean energy policy

in: European Energy Review (June 2011) published on 30 June 2011

Authors: Oliver Gnad, Marcel Viëtor

Eine Solarunion für das Mittelmeer. Der Beitrag der Energiepolitik zur transmediterranen Kooperation

in: Internationale Politik 4 (July / August 2012), pp. 26-29 (in German only)

Authors: Oliver Gnad

Is Germany capable of strategic planning?

in: Internationale Sicherheit im 21. Jahrhundert, hg. von James D. Bindenagel / Matthias Herdegen / Karl Kaiser, pp. 125-140 Bonn University Press, 2016 ISBN: 9783847106173

Authors: Oliver Gnad

Germany Is a Great Power — It Should Act Like One

in: The National Interest (Digital Edition) published on 10 March 2016

Authors: Mathew J. Burrows, Oliver Gnad