U.S. vs. China? Cooperation in Telecommunications in East Africa

May 3, 2022

Some Western political strategists suggest a “Tech Cold War” is playing out in Africa between China and the U.S. Based on case studies from Ethiopia and Kenya, this perspective neglects the actual state of affairs. Instead of searching for “China-free” actors, the West should take the rationale of each project as a yardstick to stay engaged and relevant in the emerging African information and communications technology sector.

Jonas Pauly

Devolved Governance: Enhancing the Resilience of Cities

March 9, 2022

This article explores the advantages of devolved governance in city planning instead of a centralized approach. Transferring decision-making power from central government to the local level can equip cities with the flexibility to respond to critical policy areas such sustainable infrastructure and quality social housing.

Julian Baxter

Achieving Integration for Immigrants in Iceland

November 10, 2021

Despite introducing ground-breaking social policies, Iceland lacks a cohesive approach to ensure the successful integration of immigrants. This group is left unprotected against hidden discrimination in the housing, employment, and education sectors. The successful integration of immigrants should involve treating them as agents of positive change in society.

Jordi Cortes

For the Sake of Emirati Women: Equal Citizenship

October 29, 2021

Citizenship rights are crucial for the protection of a nation’s citizens. Yet in the UAE women face arbitrary discrimination in citizenship and immigration law. The law deprives women of the ability to confer citizenship on their foreign husbands and children. Gender-focused reform, alongside regional efforts, is necessary to stop this discrimination.

Samira Maryam Mohammed Ashraf

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

Metropolis 2.0: Cities’ Power to Shape a Greener Future

October 22, 2017 Energy and Environment

Current urbanization rates will lead to an increased concentration of people and economic activities in megacities, offering both opportunities and dangers for sustainability. Future development strategies should focus on achieving low-carbon urban growth. At the same time, cities need to take a more active role in seeking inter-urban cooperation.

Rafael Widmer

Child or Migrant?

September 25, 2017 Human Rights and International Law

While governments quarrel over closed borders, unaccompanied children that migrate to Europe in hope of a better life are often detained in inadequate conditions facing life threatening dangers, missing critical months of schooling and undergoing hardship that no person should endure, let alone a child. There is a need for harmonization of protection standards at the European level and a total abolition of the practice of detaining unaccompanied migrant children.

Alexandra Luisa Rinaldi

Seeking an International Climate Displacement Agreement

September 11, 2017

In this episode we have Alina Bill-Weilandt and Delia Roling who share their thoughts on climate displacement and why there is currently a gap in international law when it comes to recognizing the protection needs of those displaced by the effects of climate change.

Felix Hoffmann, Delia Roling and Alina Bill-Weilandt