A Multilateral Approach to Integrating Rising Powers

22. November 2018

The rise of great and regional powers is changing the power structure of the international system. In order to best maintain peace and stability in this new multipolar era, a multilateral approach through the United Nations that promotes cooperation and collective solutions to geopolitical challenges should be embraced.

Matthew T. Jabłoński

Delivering on the Promise of Inclusive Global Value Chains

23. Oktober 2018

International organizations, governments, and private actors argue that participation in Global Value Chains (GVCs) is a promising development opportunity. Yet, the discussion around GVCs neglects to a large part the social consequences of GVC participation. To assure inclusive GVCs, we need better data, a rethinking of how countries join value chains, and an emphasis on protective institutions.

Fabio Thoma

“What is to Be Done” about Russia?

23. September 2018

To counter Russian actions of destabilization and deter future incursion into Eastern Europe, NATO should enhance its eastern flank military capabilities and increase the presence of conventional troops in the Baltics. The EU should simultaneously expand and extend its sanctions on Russia for illegal actions in Ukraine in 2014.

Leanne Iorio

The EU Emissions Trading System: A Sleeping Giant

17. September 2018

The EU Emissions Trading System is failing at incentivizing low-carbon innovation needed to reach decarbonization by mid-century. Current research suggests that regulatory uncertainty of the EU ETS keeps its market participants from considering the long-term goals behind the emissions trading system. Different reform options are at hand to enhance long-term regulatory credibility and revive the world’s largest climate policy instrument.

Rafael Postpischil

Getting Your Own House In Order

14. März 2018 Menschenrechte und Völkerrecht

The humanitarian sector has been lagging behind in preventing sexual harassment and abuse committed between humanitarian workers. In the aftermath of the Oxfam scandal, the issue is gaining momentum. But words must be followed by the implementation of robust counter-policies.

Serafine Dinkel

Taming the Dragon? Europe and the AIIB

28. Februar 2018 Wirtschaftspolitik

As China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank becomes a recognized instrument of global economic governance, European Union member states should use their voting power to influence the Bank’s agenda and practices. However, Europe must be aware of certain limitations.

Balázs Kiss

Fossil Fuels: The Case For Ending Producer Subsidies

27. Februar 2018

Our guest in this epsiode is Tim Pfefferle, one of the winners of our writing competition on new economic thinking. We discuss his article on fossil fuels and producer subsidies, their detrimental impact on climate change and global climate governance as well as possible ways out of this quagmire. We also talk about the European Investment Bank and their largest investment in the energy sector ever – €1.5 billion for a gas pipeline.

Tim Pfefferle & Felix Hoffmann

The Dangerous Depoliticization of Economic Numbers

26. Februar 2018 Wirtschaftspolitik

Daniel DeRock exposes the shaky foundations of macroeconomic statistical methods – from GDP figures to debt measurement – and argues for a fundamental rethinking of how scholars and policymakers engage with quantitative indicators.

Daniel Derock

RE: Divide and Rule

22. Februar 2018 Europapolitik

The EU should be wary: China bought its way into Cambodia to undermine the coherence of the region’s prime institution, ASEAN – and a similar strategy is being applied in the Union’s periphery. Here’s how Brussels can dodge history’s boomerang without compromising on its strategic interests vis-à-vis its ever-closer Eastern Neighbor.

Moritz Valentino Matzner

Blockchain and the Fight Against Illicit Financial Flows

19. Februar 2018 Entwicklung und Gesundheit

Illicit financial flows have staggering consequences for global health and development in the world’s poorest countries. Existing policies address this issue but their success is limited by a paradigm of centralization. Blockchain and mobile technologies have enabled new policy possibilities around a paradigm of decentralization and disaggregation to a wider range of stakeholders.

Michael Brooks