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

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

The Innovative State

March 25, 2017 Economic Policy

Innovation is often limited to the realms of the private sector, characterized by ruthless competition amongst high-tech firms operating outside the reaches of the state. However, rethinking the role of governments in fostering learning and innovation can lead to both transformative and inclusive economic growth.

Vanessa Mallari

“Beevelop” rural Ethiopia?

March 11, 2017 Development and Global Health

In Ethiopia, scarcity of land is becoming a challenge for a country that is highly dependent on agriculture. New economic activities that reduce pressure on land are necessary, and beekeeping can be part of a solution.

Nadine Grimm-Pampe

Seizing the Benefits of Brexit

February 27, 2017 Peace 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.

Timo Stühm