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.

Michaela Nudo

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.

Chloe Bray

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The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System (ISDS) is an outdated system that needs to be reformed to reflect modern sustainable development objectives.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.

Anne Blickhan

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.

Alejandra Guraieb

Europe’s Bouncers, Europe’s Disgrace

September 5, 2017 European 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.

Felix Hoffmann

Russia Undeterred: The Failure of Smart Sanctions

August 15, 2017 Peace 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, 2017 Economic 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.

Riccardo Ramacci

“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