Is the Estonian e-residency program a digital fairytale?
November 5, 2022
Estonia is considered a role model for digital public administration. The Estonian e-residency program is the most recent e-government initiative, which promises entrepreneurs worldwide access to its public administration 24/7. In its current state, the program cannot achieve its ambitious goal due to structural misconceptions that have caused issues around its efficiency and inclusiveness.
School Choice in the United States
August 16, 2022
School choice encompasses a variety of programs run by the U.S. government that allows parents to choose a school other than their local publicly funded school. Wealthy parents have been able to afford choices in education for a very long time. Now it is time that we allow poorer citizens to choose an education that best fits the needs of their children. School choice will allow this to happen.
Inflation During the Pandemic: Is ‘Transitory’ a Myth?
July 19, 2022
Caused by pent-up demand and intense supply disruptions, inflation has risen to its highest level in decades. As the specter of “entrenched inflation” looms, central banks must use monetary policy sensibly without overreacting. Central banks should allow time for overheated demand and supply disruptions to ease, lest the world’s advanced economies face their hardest landing yet.
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.
The Innovative State
March 25, 2017Economic 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.
“Beevelop” rural Ethiopia?
March 11, 2017Development 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.
Seizing the Benefits of Brexit
February 27, 2017Peace 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.
Seeking an International Climate Displacement Agreement
February 15, 2017Energy and Environment
Millions of people will be forcefully displaced by climate change impacts in the coming years. The international community urgently needs to reach an international climate displacement agreement in order to recognize their status as climate refugees and protect them under international law.
Alina Bill-Weilandt & Delia Roling
Trumping the Politics of Torture
February 5, 2017Human Rights and International Law
The refusal of the United States to adhere to global norms on torture is undermining the foundations of the human rights movement. As President Trump openly advocates the use of torture, it is now more pertinent than ever for the international community to hold perpetrators of human rights transgressions accountable.
Europe’s Splintered Union
January 25, 2017European Policy
In the wake of the Brexit vote, anti-European political movements have been gaining momentum throughout the continent. In order to understand why, we must go beyond traditional explanations and take a hard look at Europe’s economic crisis and current trends in migration, misinformation as well as declining political engagement.