Cybersecurity capacity building is crucial to mitigating the negative cross-border externalities of increasing connectivity and maximizing the benefits of ICT-led development. Germany and its partners need to act to transform cybersecurity from an afterthought into an integral part of expanding connectivity.
In order to maximize resources in emergency situations, donors and aid organizations must harmonize and streamline reporting. They can develop a common report structure, reduce volume, and increase the efficiency of reporting, but there are also immediate steps that they might take unilaterally.
With US security guarantees thrown into question by the Trump administration, Germany (alongside other European allies) needs to fundamentally rethink its security strategy. In this context, any debate on nuclear weapons should proceed with great caution and care, but it is one Germany cannot and should not avoid.
by Mirko Hohmann, Alexander Pirang, Thorsten Benner
by Erica Gaston
Afghanistan Analysts Network