Reforms Aren’t Zip Ties: Understanding Ukraine’s Current Struggle
March 14, 2020
A desire for quick and easy fixes has emerged among the Ukrainian population. This desire is in part the result of a discrepancy between slow but steady political change and the public perception of stagnation. If this gap is not closed by increased communication measures, popular support for reforms will break off and jeopardize future progress.
Charlotte Felbinger, Klara Lindahl and Elena Leuschner
Three Policy Shifts to Harness the Potential of Technological Progress
March 8, 2020
Technological progress as it stands today focuses on irrelevant questions and ignores possible dangers, instead of leveraging democratization and social mobility. Three policy shifts are necessary to stop wasting the potential of technological progress.
Combatting Corruption: An Institutional Economics Approach for More Integration in the Eurozone
February 10, 2020
This article defends an enforceable EU anti-corruption mechanism to restore trust between creditor and debtor countries of the Eurozone. Through an institutional economics approach, it argues that strengthening national institutions is key for further economic integration because accumulating debt is possible so long as institutions are competent, such as Belgium and France.
Johann Diaz Manzano
Désir d’indépendance et interdépendance Européenne : un paradoxe à résoudre
February 6, 2020
L’interdépendance croissante des pays et des peuples européens d’une part, et la montée du sentiment ainsi que des mouvements politiques anti-européens d’autre part, constituent un paradoxe, qu’il convient de résoudre en promouvant l’européanité via un renforcement des coopérations transfrontalières.
Théodore Tallent & Meryl Merran
Seizing the Benefits of Brexit
February 27, 2017Peace and Security
Brexit offers a window of opportunity to boost European defense collaboration. France and Germany should take a leading role, seizing the momentum to push for further integration and a common European defense Union.
Seeking an International Climate Displacement Agreement
February 15, 2017Energy and Environment
Millions of people will be forcefully displaced by climate change impacts in the coming years. The international community urgently needs to reach an international climate displacement agreement in order to recognize their status as climate refugees and protect them under international law.
Alina Bill-Weilandt & Delia Roling
Trumping the Politics of Torture
February 5, 2017Human Rights and International Law
The refusal of the United States to adhere to global norms on torture is undermining the foundations of the human rights movement. As President Trump openly advocates the use of torture, it is now more pertinent than ever for the international community to hold perpetrators of human rights transgressions accountable.
Europe’s Splintered Union
January 25, 2017European Policy
In the wake of the Brexit vote, anti-European political movements have been gaining momentum throughout the continent. In order to understand why, we must go beyond traditional explanations and take a hard look at Europe’s economic crisis and current trends in migration, misinformation as well as declining political engagement.
Avoiding a Persian Flavor of Dutch Disease
January 25, 2017Economic Policy
When sanctions on Iran were lifted, the country moved toward market liberalization. Now pressure on the Iranian Rial is undermining non-oil export sectors as they lose competitiveness both nationally and internationally. If Iran’s economy is to flourish, policy makers will need to embrace a new mix of fiscal, structural and monetary policies.
Is Microfinance a Sustainable Solution to Poverty?
July 16, 2016Development and Global Health
Microfinance is based on the idea that people can be lifted out of poverty through the help of microloans. It has become a key part of the global development strategy, as a bottom-up poverty alleviation tool. But despite its wide popularity, various studies have shown that its effects have generally been far from beneficial to the poor.