The COVID-19 Response: How Germany Outperformed the US

9. Mai 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how the German political and economic model has outperformed the United States’ model. Having followed a coordinated approach, applying lessons learned from the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, Germany was much better equipped to counter the fallout of the COVID-19 crisis than the US. The US should use the German experience to shape its own approach going forward and apply policy shifts that can support US citizens.

Michaela Nudo

An Abundance of Water, but None to Drink for First Nations in Canada

17. März 2021

Most people in Canada can easily access clean drinking water. In First Nations communities, the situation is different. More than 50 First Nations communities live without access to clean drinking water. The Canadian government has a responsibility to resolve this human rights issue by enacting federal legislation to increase government accountability to First Nations communities, and by working with the communities to establish locally owned water authorities.

Chloe Bray

Sustainable Development Through International Arbitration?

7. März 2021

The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System (ISDS) is an outdated system that needs to be reformed to reflect modern sustainable development objectives. Several ideas have been put forward to reform the ISDS, but none have led to change. Rather than imposing new mechanisms or overhauling the system altogether, the current ISDS system should be adapted to prioritize the Sustainable Development Goals.

Anne Blickhan

Time to Reconsider Voting at Climate Negotiations

15. Februar 2021

Innovative and creative solutions are needed to tackle the climate emergency. The current consensus-based decision-making process at international climate negotiations is unable to catalyze sufficient climate action. It is time to reform the decision-making process and reconsider adopting more efficient procedural options such as smart voting.

Alejandra Guraieb

A Future-proof Food System is Plant-based

25. November 2020 Entwicklung und Gesundheit

The way we eat – especially in the Global North – harms human and planetary health. Diseases caused by animal-based diets are on the rise, while 690 million people worldwide suffer from hunger. The solution to a healthier, more climate-friendly, and resilient food system are plant-based diets.

Laura Reiner

Children – A Blind Spot of Peace and Security

18. November 2020 Frieden und Sicherheit

Children dominate the visual representation of conflict in the media, but they are rarely consulted in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Since children play vital roles in conflicts and determine the chances for sustained peace in the long-term, successful peacebuilding should address their post-conflict needs. The UN, local, and international actors should give children a voice and meaningful ways to participate in the process.

Sofie Lilli Stoffel

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Can the Private Sector Do Better?

11. November 2020 Energie und Umwelt

Target-setting initiatives have played an important role in generating climate ambition within the private sector. Businesses must now take further steps toward realizing their climate goals. Governments have an important role to play in ensuring that climate targets, extra-financial disclosure, and minimum energy performance standards are implemented and made mandatory for the private sector.

Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith

Trump’s Misguided Trade War

18. Oktober 2020 Wirtschaftspolitik

The US is in a trade war with China, fueled by President Trump’s belief that tariffs will bring manufacturing jobs back to the US. Trump’s misguided view of trade is rooted in the past and ignores the position of the US dollar as the leading currency of exchange. As China works toward achieving global technological leadership, the US is fighting a war on the wrong front.  

Lion Hubrich

A Call to Action: Europe in a Post-American World

2. August 2020 Europapolitik

Faced with a historic crisis spawned by COVID-19, the United States has withdrawn from its role as a moral and material leader within the international system. The EU and its Member States must react swiftly both internally and externally to address the complex challenges of the emerging multi-polar world.

Matthew T. Jabłoński

Fighting Back: Lessons Learned from Ghana’s Battle Against COVID-19

23. Juli 2020 Entwicklung und Gesundheit

Ghana’s government reacted quickly and practically to the pandemic, an approach that can serve as an example in the exchange of lessons learned between states. The country undertook a timely closure of borders, targeted lockdowns in epicenters, and enhanced contact tracing. This was made possible by allowing experts to lead the discussions and by taking into account local factors and developments.

Isaac Newton Bortey