The COVID-19 Response: How Germany Outperformed the US
May 9, 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.
An Abundance of Water, but None to Drink for First Nations in Canada
March 17, 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.
Sustainable Development Through International Arbitration?
March 7, 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The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System (ISDS) is an outdated system that needs to be reformed to reflect modern sustainable development objectives.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.
Time to Reconsider Voting at Climate Negotiations
February 15, 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.
Europe’s Bouncers, Europe’s Disgrace
September 5, 2017European Policy
The European Union’s reaction to the so-called “refugee crisis“ has mainly included intensified externalization of migration controls. This approach is counterproductive because it exacerbates vulnerabilities, strengthens transnational criminal networks and blocks political capital for sustainable solutions. A new approach to European migration policy is urgently needed.
Russia Undeterred: The Failure of Smart Sanctions
August 15, 2017Peace and Security
After three years of Western sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, both a tightening and a relief of the “smart” punitive measures can make the arguably bad situation even worse.
Bianca Becca & Dmitriy Miryan
China and the IMF – Convergence or Conflict?
July 24, 2017Economic Policy
China and the IMF have had a rocky relationship ever since the Fund’s founding in 1945. Despite the IMF’s recent efforts to better reflect China’s growing economic power within its organizational structure, the future of the two entities remains uncertain. This can be explained by conflicting interests on fiscal policy, the ambiguous behavior of the Chinese economic regime, and the failure of the IMF to fully adapt to the shifting weights of the world economy.
“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, 2017Politics 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.
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.