Corona Dispatches: The Policy Corner Community Reports
August 3, 2020
The Corona Dispatches are short updates on the situation in different countries around the world, written by members and friends of The Policy Corner. You would like to write a dispatch for us? No problem — just get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we look forward to hearing from you!
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A Call to Action: Europe in a Post-American World
August 2, 2020
Faced with a historic crisis spawned by COVID-19, the United States has withdrawn from its role as a moral and material leader within the international system. The EU and its Member States must react swiftly both internally and externally to address the complex challenges of the emerging multi-polar world.
Matthew T. Jabłoński
Fighting Back: Lessons Learned from Ghana’s Battle Against COVID-19
July 23, 2020
Ghana’s government reacted quickly and practically to the pandemic, an approach that can serve as an example in the exchange of lessons learned between states. The country undertook a timely closure of borders, targeted lockdowns in epicenters, and enhanced contact tracing. This was made possible by allowing experts to lead the discussions and by taking into account local factors and developments.
Isaac Newton Bortey
Police Brutality in Brazil: A State of War?
July 20, 2020
Brazil’s government attempts to legalize extrajudicial killings by the police, legitimizing them with the ‘war on drugs.’ Leaders in the international community should instead encourage the Brazilian government to address the systemic inequality fueling drug-related crimes rather than perpetrate violence against its citizens.
The Financing of Water: Putting the Trust in Conservation
May 31, 2020Energy and Environment
The reliability and quality of freshwater resources depends on a variety of environmental factors. As policymaking often takes place in silos when it comes to financing water security, we need a more holistic approach to the protection and provision of freshwater resources. By encouraging water trust funds that allow for a decentralized and nature-based approach to water governance, countries can better tackle challenges of water security and improve the health of ecosystems.
Increasing the Legitimacy of Advocative NGOs Through Representation
May 20, 2020Politics and Society
Advocacy NGOs often face challenges from political actors questioning their legitimacy. A new approach of introducing electorates nationally or regionally to grassroots organizations might protect them against such political attacks, and also serve to increase their legitimacy. The Hungarian Independent Student Parliament provides a potential model that could be replicated in other similar NGOs in and beyond Hungary.
Restoring Trust and Building Bridges: Addressing Online Radicalization in Africa
May 17, 2020Peace and Security
Terrorists use the internet and social media to radicalize youth by exploiting general distrust in governments. African governments have responded to this threat by passing politically motivated internet limitation laws, which only exacerbate existing grievances and mistrust. Instead, African governments should build upon existing models of community policing and embrace an inclusive regional community online policing consortium through the leadership of the African Union.
Catheline Bosibori Nyabwengi and Grace Atuhaire
How Germany Can Revive its Start-up Sector
May 9, 2020Economic Policy
The German start-up landscape currently lacks international competitiveness. Existing legislation makes it difficult for start-ups to attract and retain highly skilled workers without taking on a large financial burden. Revising the regulatory framework for employee stock option plans could help solve this issue.
The Yellow Vest Movement: Lessons Learned from a Flawed Government Response
May 5, 2020Politics and Society
The French Yellow Vest Movement highlighted two major determinants of success in protest movements: favorable public opinion and high collective morale. It also showed that the French government needs to refocus its protest mitigation strategy more on these two fronts in order to minimize and avoid future protest movements.
Climate over Justice? Understanding Civil Disobedience Through the Lens of John Rawls
May 2, 2020Politics and Society
From Mahatma Gandhi to Susan B. Anthony and Extinction Rebellion – civil disobedience has changed policies throughout history. John Rawls developed means to better understand when and in what form civil disobedience is justified. We see that XR isn’t a movement of the disenfranchised and needs to introduce climate councils at all levels to produce more inclusive outcomes.