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.
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.
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.
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
The COVID-19 Response: How Germany Outperformed the US
May 9, 2021Economic Policy
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.
An Abundance of Water, but None to Drink for First Nations in Canada
March 17, 2021Human Rights and International Law
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.
Sustainable Development Through International Arbitration?
March 7, 2021Development and Global Health
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.
Time to Reconsider Voting at Climate Negotiations
February 15, 2021Energy and Environment
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.
Afghan Women: Modernizing Global Practices of Peacebuilding?
January 15, 2021Peace and Security
Afghanistan is at a crossroads. Will Afghan women modernize global practices of peacebuilding or are the negotiations sticking to the traditional male-dominated path merely focused on military security? The road towards sustainable peace requires solidarity networks and inclusiveness for marginalized groups, especially women.
Claudio Lanza and Zakira Rasooli
Corona Dispatches: The Policy Corner Community Reports
December 8, 2020Development and Global Health
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