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Faced with a historic crisis spawned by COVID-19, the United States has withdrawn from its role as a moral and material leader within the international system.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

“Beevelop” rural Ethiopia?

July 24, 2017

In this episode we are joined by Nadine Grimm-Pampe and we discuss land scarcity, land grabbing, international development cooperation and what beekeeping has to do with former US President Truman.

Krekar Mustafa, Felix Hoffmann & Nadine Grimm-Pampe

The Threat of Illiberal Populism

June 19, 2017 Politics and Society

Populism has taken an illiberal turn. Protecting liberal, pluralist societies from the threat of illiberal populism will require deep reforms to our education, communications, and political systems.

Dylan Chambers

Europe’s Splintered Union

June 3, 2017

In this first episode we will give you a brief overview of our project, tell you how to get involved and then discuss „Europe’s Splintered Union“, an OpEd authored by Policy Corner Co-Founder Dylan Chambers.

Mustafa Krekar & Felix Hoffmann

Foreign Aid and Cambodian Power Plays

June 1, 2017 Development and Global Health

For decades, foreign aid has failed to create a pluralist democracy in Cambodia. With the upcoming election, this provides international donors and investors renewed opportunity to revisit their human rights efforts in the country.

Hannah Elten

Tu Felix Austria

May 17, 2017 Politics and Society

The small country of Austria where 2016 did not entail a win for the far-right might have some lessons for liberals who fear a dire 2017.

Stefan Zweiker

Bringing Human Rights Home

April 13, 2017 Human Rights and International Law

Transnational Corporations (TNCs) play a vital role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet their ongoing failure to comply with Human Rights has been subject to much criticism. Establishing a legally binding framework that incorporates SDGs’ stance on Human Rights is essential to meet the goals by 2030.

Fabio Thoma