Corona Dispatches: The Policy Corner Community Reports

August 3, 2020

The Corona Dispatches are short updates on the situation in different countries around the world, written by members and friends of The Policy Corner. You would like to write a dispatch for us? No problem — just get in touch with us at submissions@policycorner.org, we look forward to hearing from you!

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

August 2, 2020

Faced with a historic crisis spawned by COVID-19, the United States has withdrawn from its role as a moral and material leader within the international system.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

July 23, 2020

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

Police Brutality in Brazil: A State of War?

July 20, 2020

Brazil’s government attempts to legalize extrajudicial killings by the police, legitimizing them with the ‘war on drugs.’ Leaders in the international community should instead encourage the Brazilian government to address the systemic inequality fueling drug-related crimes rather than perpetrate violence against its citizens.

Emma Faverio

The Leontief Strategy of Trade Negotiation

January 31, 2018 Economic Policy

International trade is under strain and backward-looking trade negotiation strategies play a role in building up this pressure. Drawing on the World Input-Output Database, Andrea Andrenelli adopts a global Leontief approach and develops three indices to make trade policymaking fit for the era of global value chains.

Andrea Andrenelli

Back to the Future? Populism and Spatial Inequality

January 28, 2018 Politics and Society

The rise of populism and the growing political polarization in advanced economies has exposed the phenomenon of spatial inequality. Globalization and digitalization amplify spatial inequalities by further concentrating “gains” and “losses.” For policymakers, confronting this complex problem without promising a “return to the past” is the challenge of our time.

George Kibala Bauer

A New Global Peace Paradigm

December 31, 2017

Welcome to Episode 6 of our policycorner.org podcast series! In this episode, Sarah Bressan talks about multilateralism, national self-interest and rising tensions in the United Nations over which of these paradigms will characterize the future of international collaboration. We also talk about the US’ recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and […]

Sarah Bressan & Felix Hoffmann

A New Global Peace Paradigm

December 21, 2017 Peace and Security

Which policies should states adopt to bring peace to conflict-ridden areas around the globe?
This question is at the forefront of global and national political debates and the recent 72nd United Nations General Assembly session has shown an international community at a crossroads. Decisive steps in foreign and security policy beyond national self-interest are needed to ensure a path to a more peaceful world.

Sarah Bressan

China and the IMF – Convergence or Conflict?

November 24, 2017

In this episode, we discuss China’s economic rise, its growing aspirations on the global stage and what all of this means for global institutions such as the International Monetary Fund. We also talk about heightened tensions in the South China Sea and looming conflict between the longtime hegemon United States and the emerging superpower China.

Riccardo Ramacci & Felix Hoffmann

Bringing Human Rights Home

October 24, 2017

In this episode we discuss human rights, the sustainable development goals and what role transnational cooperations have in realizing them with Policy Corner co-founder Fabio Thoma.

Felix Hoffmann & Fabio Thoma