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.
For the Sake of Emirati Women: Equal Citizenship
October 29, 2021Human Rights and International Law
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
Libya – A Potential Powerhouse for Clean Energy
August 16, 2021Energy and Environment
It is time to take advantage of Libya’s solar potential and invest in solar energy production for both domestic and regional electricity supply. This can be achieved through cooperation between local and national authorities, private partners, NGOs, international and regional partners, and an extensive network of experts.
Malak Altaeb and Loujaïn Guiga
COVID-19: Accelerating Digital Inequalities in South Korea
June 14, 2021Politics and Society
COVID-19 has forced Korean society to rapidly digitalize. Though most South Koreans have access to the internet and digital technologies, some are less able to make use of these tools. Women and low-income families are most vulnerable to this digital inequality. The South Korean government should take steps to address such digital inequality, beyond the issue of digital access.
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.