Corona Dispatches: The Policy Corner Community Reports
August 3, 2020
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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Faced with a historic crisis spawned by COVID-19, the United States has withdrawn from its role as a moral and material leader within the international system.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.
2019: We seed, we know, we rised, we wake
April 27, 2020Politics and Society
Uprisings spread worldwide in 2019, using similar triggers and tactics. Some changes have been accomplished, from politicians’ resignations to derogation of laws and reforms. Social awakening can be considered the biggest revolutionary shift, leading to an unprecedented collective consciousness across countries. Governments should address this emergence by institutionalising civil society initiatives.
Maria Chiara Zeri and Ricardo Henao Galvis
A Smarter Approach to Europe’s Border Policy During the Pandemic
April 22, 2020European Policy
Europe’s disorganized approach to border closures in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic undermines human rights, economic recovery, and European solidarity. There exists a smarter, safer approach to maintain open borders and prevent further spread of the virus.
Reforms Aren’t Zip Ties: Understanding Ukraine’s Current Struggle
March 14, 2020Peace and Security
A desire for quick and easy fixes has emerged among the Ukrainian population. This desire is in part the result of a discrepancy between slow but steady political change and the public perception of stagnation. If this gap is not closed by increased communication measures, popular support for reforms will break off and jeopardize future progress.
Charlotte Felbinger, Klara Lindahl and Elena Leuschner
Three Policy Shifts to Harness the Potential of Technological Progress
March 8, 2020Politics and Society
Technological progress as it stands today focuses on irrelevant questions and ignores possible dangers, instead of leveraging democratization and social mobility. Three policy shifts are necessary to stop wasting the potential of technological progress.
Combatting Corruption: An Institutional Economics Approach for More Integration in the Eurozone
February 10, 2020European Policy
This article defends an enforceable EU anti-corruption mechanism to restore trust between creditor and debtor countries of the Eurozone. Through an institutional economics approach, it argues that strengthening national institutions is key for further economic integration because accumulating debt is possible so long as institutions are competent, such as Belgium and France.
Johann Diaz Manzano
Désir d’indépendance et interdépendance Européenne : un paradoxe à résoudre
February 6, 2020European Policy
L’interdépendance croissante des pays et des peuples européens d’une part, et la montée du sentiment ainsi que des mouvements politiques anti-européens d’autre part, constituent un paradoxe, qu’il convient de résoudre en promouvant l’européanité via un renforcement des coopérations transfrontalières.